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The British Airways London Eye. Part 3: Capsules

The passenger-carrying capsules are a key part of the Eye’s image. They are designed to give passengers the maximum view possible, plus the freedom to walk around to select and enjoy that view. The capsules must provide a comfortable and pleasant environment and they must safely contain the passengers during their 30 min night’. To maximise the view, much of the capsule exterior is glass and the capsules are mounted on the outside of the rim. Both these features (the glass and the mounting method) have a significant interaction with structural aspects of capsule design. That outer part of the shell not glazed is made from glassfibre. P. Desflammes and A.P. Mann