A futuristic flying hotel can carry 5,000 passengers

While the climate crisis is truly underway, alongside uncertain social conditions and political unrest, we continue to see depictions of future development that can give hope for a brighter future. However, there are always depictions that oscillate between a welcome improvement and a puzzling dystopia. One such depiction is the nuclear-powered airplane that stays in the clouds for years.

The New York Post recently featured a stunning CGI video depicting the enormous Hotel in the Sky, a concept that combines the convenience of a hotel and the functionality of an airplane all in one. The AI-driven Sky Cruise promotional video includes a remarkable mock-up by Hashem Alghaili, revealing the subtle and not-so-subtle intricacies of Sky Cruise’s design. The aircraft was built to easily accommodate 5,000 passengers.

Boasting 20 nuclear-powered engines, a system to perform in-flight repairs and a fully automated flight system, Alghaili describes the massive aircraft as “the future of transport”. He says, “All this technology and you still want pilots? I think he will be completely independent. However, the aircraft will still need onboard personnel to accommodate the multitude of passengers the air capsule can carry.

Definitely a plane for people as much as technology, the promotional video shows off promising onboard facilities, ranging from a huge shopping mall, a swimming pool, a gym and even a theatre. The plane can also be used as a wedding venue, turning the big space into festivities for a game in heaven, literally. The Sky Cruise also contains a vast panoramic hall, allowing passengers to enjoy a 360-degree view of the surrounding nature outside.

While the sky seems to be the limit for this plane, no ambitious project comes to fruition without a call for concern. Doomed to a similar outcome to the ill-fated Titanic, many pointed to the aircraft’s design flaws. The main concern is with the structure and layout of the aircraft, which is far from aerodynamic and would therefore struggle to take flight. Others express nervousness about nuclear-powered engines since the possibility of the Sky Cruise crashing dooms its surroundings to be destroyed as well.

One uncertain commenter said: “Great idea to put a nuclear reactor in something that could malfunction and fall from the sky. Concerns have also been raised about exposed elevators on board creating uneven drag, as well as technical inaccuracies in the animated model. As one commentator put it, “If the physics and aerodynamics didn’t exist, then this ship might actually be able to take off.”

Unsurprisingly, commentators were quick to point out the inaccessibility of these development projects to the masses, further deepening the economic divide. For some, the concept also seemed like an imaginary reality of what the future should look like without considering current circumstances. One commenter claimed: “It’s like someone has stepped into a time machine, traveled to 2070, found a retrofuturism video based on our time (as opposed to the 1950s or 1800s ) describing what people in our time thought our future would look like.

While the Sky Cruise comes with its own assortment of concerns, it’s a concept that’s truly ahead of its time. With plenty of people eager to be part of the first group of passengers, the official launch date for the Sky Cruise has yet to be announced.

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