Passing Cloud Could Change Commercial Flight Forever

Travel News — By sarastasinos on November 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Although the majority of us (sadly) are usually in a rush while flying, New York-based architect Tiago Barros has created a new method of travel that focuses more on the journey and less on how long it takes to get there.

Countering our world’s obsession with the fast and efficient, Barros has fashioned the Passing Cloud – a unique and ground breaking means of transportation that would allow people to float on giant balloons among the clouds, meandering from one drop off spot to another around the country. The Passing Could is environmentally friendly, has an incredible futuristic design, and would be fueled solely by the wind. Wherever the wind takes it, the Passing Cloud goes.

If you have somewhere to be, the Passing Cloud probably wouldn’t be your best bet, since you can’t predict the end point of the Cloud’s journey or how long it will take to get there. Having said that, it would be pretty ideal for the cruise ship and train riding bunch who can enjoy the process of getting from one place to the next.

Barros’s has a particularity romantic view of his product,

It’s an unique journey. The feeling of floating in the atmosphere – on top of a cloud – with an open schedule and unknown final destiny. All National Ground would be potentially covered at virtually no cost and the help of the wind. The journey becomes your destiny.

Sounds a bit touchy-feely to us, plus he seems to have left out any mention of the impact of bad weather would have on his invention, but we still love this concept and think it would be incredible to see it fully realized in real life.

All Images: Tiago Barros/Cargo Collective

Tags: airplanes, Clouds, floating, New York, Passing Cloud, travel

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