Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is creating a new kind of aircraft called the Clip-Air that straps trains onto its wings and underside. It sounds bizarrely like baby monkeys clinging onto the underside of their mother but this aircraft involves a whole lot more technology and science.
Imagine the efficiency of a city where you can catch a flight with the ease you catch a train. Or what if you could catch a train and then have an airplane clip your train onto its machine belly? You would be sitting inside a train that was then transformed into a plane!
If the Clip-Air were to become a reality, cities would be so conveniently built with the problem of transport solved. The aircraft could combine train stations and airports seamlessly, making transport convenient. We wouldn’t need to catch a taxi to the airport or spend money on airport parking.
Sounds amazing right? But, let’s not get too excited since the aircraft scientists say that the Clip-Air is “quite a long-term project.” And there are several practical application hurdles like how the airplane and trains would co-ordinate passenger requirements. However, the aircraft development work looks optimistic and the first model of Clip-Air will debut at the Paris Air Show later this June.
Check out the video below to see how Clip-Air would work: