With know-how and materials developed in the FIA Formula 1, and based on research by TÜV Rheinland, the Antares cockpit was designed to incorporate a survival zone. The front fuselage is divided into two entities. The nosecone is designed to function as a crash element. It absorbs a great deal of energy in the event of impact. To integrate this element, the fuselage has been elongated approximately 10 cm (4”) compared to normal fuselage designs. This was achieved without causing aerodynamic drawbacks.
The survival space adjoining the crash element has been reinforced with especially dimensioned stringers and spars to be able to withstand even high velocity impacts, and lead the crash energy into the structure behind the pilot.
The landing gear
The high landing gear both realizes an optimal angle of attack while on the runway, and maximizes the amount of anergy which can be absorbed during a crash.
It is a lot better to avoid getting into trouble in the first place than to have a lot of features which reduce the penalties of being in trouble. With this in mind, the entire layout of Antares was developed:
- The easy handling of the propulsion system with its unique, patented single-lever operation. Error messages and warnings are given optically and acoustically
- A very large cockpit canopy combined with a diagonally moving seat bottom which results in a very good all round visibility also for smaller pilots
- An ergonomic cockpit, which reduces lapse in concentration due to discomfort and fatigue
Antares: A new level of safety