|Quoting N328KF (Thread starter):|
Sounds like a candidate for aircraft construction in a couple of decades.
|Quoting A342 (Reply 1):|
Yes, but the are horribly expensive, right ? There is still a lot to be done, and remember, aviation is quite conservative.
Hence why he said a couple of decades.
I like to remind people of a time when a 640K memory upgrade to your computer was $500-$1000 and people said you would never need more. HA
! You can buy multple GB
's worth of ultra high end memory now, let alone multiple computers.
CFRP will become "old technology" just like aluminum construction is today. They will replace it eventually... who knows Tube design will eventually get replaced, its only a matter of time. Back in the 50's when a "powerful" turbojet was producing 10-13K thrust and you told people back then that a pair of 115K thrust motors the size of a small houses would power a 240ft long, 7500nm+ range jet. They probably would have said "that sounds expensive" and maybe even said it was impossible. It will happen... just a matter of when.