Clip-Air: Modular Plane Consists of Flying Wing and Attachable Capsules

Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have imagined a new modular transportation system, called Clip-Air, in which capsules are either loaded on a train or clipped under a flying wing. The Clip-Air project's main contribution would be to provide rail transport's flexibility to air transport. A capsule would be equivalent to a real airplane's fuselage, but without its usual attributes. The flying wing can accommodate up to three capsules with a capacity of 150 passengers each. A 1.20-m long, reduced-scale model of the Clip-air airplane concept was shown for the first time at the Paris Air Show in June 2013.