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Published on : Saturday, July 9, 2016
‘Clip-Air’ project has presented a brand new concept of flying that involves trains clipping onto planes, offering a unique system of intermodal transport facilities to passengers choosing to fly between countries.
This implies that of instead of hopping on to a taxi, bus or train prior to boarding a plane, travelers can directly fly to a different country simply by sitting inside a capsule that attaches itself to a specially equipped aeroplane.
This special concept of a ‘flying train’ has been unveiled at a recent aerospace show in the region of Paris.
The Transportation Center at Federal Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne or EPFL based in Switzerland has developed the Clip-Air project, terming it as the future of intermodal travel. Clip-Air is aims to modify the system of transporting people as well as cargo, thereby simplifying flying processes to a great extent.
Despite the steady increase in air traffic in the world, air transport has not witnessed any fundamental modifications ever since the era of the 1950’s.
The airline authorities have been a spectator of major glitches leading to commotion and delays, and eventually disconnecting airports all across the world, as asserted by Claudio Leonardi, the person who is responsible for the project.
This project enables an aircraft to carry three capsules, each with a capacity of carrying at least 150 passengers.
Therefore, it is indeed a revolutionary project that makes it possible to carry interchangeable and also mobile capsules. And, freight goods would be transported in a similar way too, just like the people.
EPFL has stated that this form of air travel would go a long way in lowering the transportation costs borne by aircrafts. In addition, it would do away with the long queues at airports and the subsequent delays at airports.
Claudio Leonardi further added that though EPFL had to break down certain barriers, the project is certainly worth the efforts as it is going to impact the society in a huge way.