Clip-Air does not provide ready-made answers; it raises questions that require reassessing classical solutions that were developed in various distinct domains.
Architecture and design
How should a flying wing be designed? How can the capsules be made as functional as possible? The extraordinary challenge lies in finding the most adapted architecture that incorporates all of the compromises involved in achieving such a project. A team of engineers is working on finding the most optimal design, rethinking everything from the materials used to the details of the attachment system, so that the latest technologies can be leveraged whenever possible.
Clip-Air is revolutionary in its design, but it must also be so in its choice of fuel. In the current stage of the project, Clip-Air has clearly proven its potential to adapt to tomorrow’s renewable energy challenges. Numerous alternative paths have been explored internally and have demonstrated the utility of a modular architecture (with liquid hydrogen, biofuels, classical fuel).
The complete separation of the cockpit (located under the wing) and the passengers (in the capsules) opens new doors in terms of security with, most notably, a reduced risk due to the decoupling between the fuel reservoirs and the passengers.
Aeronautical engineers assure that Clip-Air can fly, but many questions remain to be addressed. Future developments of the project will involve aerodynamic simulations and a six meters long flying prototype equipped with propulsion engines to explore the aircraft’s flight performance and the overall feasibility of the project.