While it still has a long way to go until it can put these big balloons in the sky, H2 Clipper is already making bold claims when it comes to the abilities of its airship, boasting insane specs. For starters, the company says that its aircraft will have up to 10 times more cargo space than any other air freighter, with a cargo area of more than 265,000 cu. ft. (7,500 cubic meters).
Its payload capacity is no less impressive, with this thing claiming it can carry up to more than 340,000 lb (150,000 kg). And it will do so at an average cruising speed of 175 mph (281 kph). Lastly, the H2 Clipper airship boasts a range of more than 6,000 miles (9,656 km), using liquid hydrogen and fuel cell technology for propulsion.
So we’ve got a zero-emissions aircraft with massive cargo capacity, massive range, and impressive speed. But there’s more. H2 Clipper claims it can offer all of the above for less than one-quarter of the cost of traditional air freighters.
With such incredible features, H2 Clipper could easily achieve its goal of revolutionizing the air shipping industry, but we’ve still got a few years of waiting ahead of us before we can see that happening. So far, the company has succeeded in having seven patents issued for its airship and it recently announced that it completed a simulated wind tunnel test of its so-called Pipeline-In-The-Sky airship, using computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The test confirmed the airship’s aerodynamic design, with the aircraft achieving an extremely low level of residual drag, as claimed by the H2 Clipper.
The company hopes to complete the construction of a prototype in 2025 and to fly its first full-sized airship in 2028. You can find out more about the aircraft in the video below.