Ahh Switzerland’s latest brainchild is the Smartfish.
It’s a hydrogen fuel cell powered plane that features a lifting body and an alternative fueled turbofan powerplant. The styling is aero-outrageous.
This team has been developing the Smartfish since July of 2003 and have really generated a great system of both IP development (that means they’re patenting some sweet technology (the airfoils, control systems, and powerplant systems), as well as scaling up an effective system for airframe operations through small scale prototype experiments.
They’ve joined with a number of aerospace groups to push this new design forward as well.
Most importantly they’ve developed a lightweight, alternative fuel efficient light aircraft designed for near term use.
Check out the video on their site,, it’s great (a bit of a download but great nonetheless).
Here’s the overall spec’s from their site:
|Max. Takeoff weight||1’000 kg|
|Zero fuel weight||400 kg|
|Fuel capacity||300 kg|
|Takeoff and landing distance||700 m|
The project’s website is here