Would You Stay at This Nuclear-Powered Flying Hotel?

The concept recently debuted online

Sky Hotel
Could this be the luxury travel of the future?
Hashem Al-Ghaili/YouTube

Imagine, if you will, the offpring of a luxury cruise ship and the Helicarrier from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It would be several orders of magnitude larger than the biggest passenger jets, with viewing terraces offering guests dramatic vistas of clouds, the aurora borealis and other sights that you can’t easily get when standing on the ground.

Oh, and the whole thing would rarely touch the ground, given that it’s nuclear-powered.

That’s the thinking at the heart of Sky Hotel, a concept that recently made an online debut via an eye-catching video created by Hashem Al-Ghaili, working from a concept by Tony Homlsten.

Now, it’s not at all clear if the physics behind this check out — and, as several people pointed out on Twitter when this video began circulating, the idea of a flying hotel that could potentially crash into the ground with nuclear-powered engines is more than a little unnerving.

The same could be said for using jets to bring passengers to and from the flying hotel — trying to dock two massive flying machines thousands of feet in the air feels like an especially challenging task.

Still, it’s nice to imagine what could be. And at a time when airships are drawing more enthusiasm, the idea of making one’s way across the skies at a leisurely pace does sound very appealing. The Sky Hotel concept taps into something that many an air traveler has felt in recent years: wouldn’t it be nicer if flying was a lot less stressful?

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