What is the status of the H2 Clipper?
The H2 Clipper preliminary design phase was completed in December 2019 using Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE® PLATFORM and assisted by our design partner, XD Innovation. H2 Clipper, Inc. has begun building a consortium of strategic partners from a number of industry verticals to fund our next phase of development; detailed engineering design and the integration studies necessary to deliver an H2 Clipper prototype for wind tunnel testing.
Market & Operational Analysis
Conceptual Design & Preliminary Spec
Exploring Ongoing Partnerships
What is the H2 Clipper?
A multi-mission, dual use, hydrogen-powered dirigible that will operate in remote areas without airfields, roads, ports, complex infrastructure, or command and control systems.
How is the H2 Clipper positioned for a changing commerical, military & global environment?
- Capable of carrying payloads up to 220 tons at speeds up to 250 MPH
- Can reduce delivery time of high value goods normally delivered via ocean transport from several weeks to a few days at a fraction of the cost
- Can hover over remote areas for extended periods to deliver internet and cellular services and act as a mobile server farm
- Dramatically reduce the military’s dependence and spending on oil
- Powered by hydrogen from renewable energy sources
- Solves operational and access challenges
Dispelling myths about hydrogen safety: What about the Hindenburg?
- NASA scientist Addison Bain (former manager of the hydrogen program at the Kennedy Space Center) conducted a 10-year investigation of the Hindenburg crash
- He concluded that the problem wasn’t the hydrogen itself but the dirigible’s highly flammable skin made out of cotton in addition to aluminized cellulose acetate butyrate and iron oxide).
- Hydrogen’s safety has been fully tested, including by setting and comparing hydrogen and gasoline fires. Gasoline fire engulfed the entire car, resulting in total destruction, but the hydrogen flame vented vertically rather than spreading.
What are the H2 Clipper’s capabilities?
- Speeds in excess of 200 mph–faster than any airship in design
- Cargo lifting capability of hundreds of thousands of pounds
- Low-cost, and high-speed cargo transport
- Service ceiling to 75,000 feet –- operates above weather pattern
- Carbon fiber mass production techniques–-affordable and scalable
- Leverages and improves on existing technologies –- minimizes risk
- Uses modified, commercially available, rotating, high-bypass turbofan engines
How can the H2 Clipper travel at speeds greater than 200 miles per hour?
The H2 Clipper has efficient high-bypass turbo fan engines, fueled by hydrogen, a Teflon coated/Kevlar skin and aerodynamic control surfaces.
Is the H2 Clipper scalable?
Yes, our unique mass production techniques allow us to manufacture the H2 Clipper in many sizes–all tailored to mission requirements.
Why not use helium?
- Helium does not have the lifting capability of hydrogen.
- Helium cannot rise to the same altitude as hydrogen which limits the field of view and therefore ISR capability.
- Helium is in short supply globally, is experiencing rapid price increases, and cannot be manufactured.
What does the H2 Clipper provide?
- Cargo movement, troop movement, and fuel resupply
- Long-term on-station, high-altitude sensor platform for precision surveillance: persistent and manned/unmanned
- Humanitarian relief and reconstruction in crisis (zones soft power delivery)
Why is it important to produce and transport more hydrogen as soon as possible?
Hydrogen is an energy carrier (like electricity), meaning that it stores and delivers energy in a usable form. It is the ticket to unleashing the potential of wind and other clean energy sources that are being held back by a lack of grid and storage capacity.
Can hydrogen be produced in quantities to support a fleet of H2 Clippers?
Hydrogen can be economically produced in large quantities via electrolysis powered by renewable energy sources. The U.S. currently produces and safely uses more than nine million tons of hydrogen each year (enough hydrogen to fuel 34 million cars).
Does the H2 Clipper provide persistent ISR?
Much like a space station at 75,000 feet in a stationary position, the H2 Clipper can stay aloft for extended periods, potentially months at a time.
Is the H2 Clipper a UAV?
Yes, the H2 Clipper can be manned or unmanned.