Post subject: Re: Crowdsourcing and the Hyperloop Posted: 17.06.2015 17:22
Also note-no seatbelts, and passengers are going to be uncomfortable when g forces are not toward the backrest. This is probably why airplanes do not have backward facing seats. Those huge "window" computer displays are going to add appreciable weight to the vehicle.
This is just a bunch of decorators going on a spree. Whatever happened to "form follows function"?
If the G forces are that strong, a simple seat belt won't cut it, you'll need a full 5-point harness like the ones found in race cars, aerobatic planes, fighter jets and space ships.
Simple seat belts don't keep you in your seat, they just prevent you from flying too far away in case something unexpected happens.
I don't think G forces are the reason for the absence of rear facing seats in passenger planes. I have seen many pictures and movies of private and business jet interiors with seats facing each other.
My guess is that it has more to do with the amount of space it takes to have seats facing each other. Airlines simply prefer adding an extra row of front facing seats than having rear facing seats.
Having big screens everywhere is heavy, but so are large glass panels in HSR and Maglev. And don't forget the extra structural reinforcements around the window for a pressurized passenger compartment.
A few months ago, I read an article in the news when Airbus filed a patent for a window-less plane with a 360° spherical cockpit covered by screens, stating it would save a lot of weight.
So I guess it would be the same with a Hyperloop/ET3 capsule.
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