Fly On, Little Wing

A few months ago, I told you about the Xplorair Passion for Innovation project.

This post title that I’ve borrowed from one of my favorite Jimi Henrix’s tune (have I told you I’m a big rock fan?) says it all. The Xplorair project is taking a whole new dimension, and we’re glad about it.

XPlorair creator Michel Aguilar had set up a non-for-profit association to develop Xplorair. The association groups enthusiasts from all horizons: students from his former engineer school, professionals from the local aero industry and even a professor from the local business school. The Xplorair association then applied to the Passion for Innovation Program and became one of its most exciting projects .

Through Passion for Innovation, an aerodynamic study of the aircraft has been completed. This study proved the concept to be valid: Xplorair can take off using the Coanda effect, and the study computed the key aero coefficients ( lift coefficient: Cz and drag coefficient: Cx). It took six months to complete this study, due to numerous computing iterations and the need for high computing power.

Now, here comes the best part of the story: Dassault Systèmes sponsoring caught an important aeronautic and space Group’s attention regarding the Xplorair association. This prestigious Group is seriously considering to support the Xplorair challenge. Our CAA software partner CD-Adapco is involved as well.

Dassault Systèmes is delighted that its Passion for Innovation Program allowed Michel Aguilar to develop Xplorair to the point that one of the most important aeronautical and space groups in the world is considering to partner with him.

Our sponsorship mission is now complete and has succeeded well above expectations with a passionate sponsoree about to find an ideal strategic partner. One of the Passion for Innovation missions is to make it possible for our sponsorees to find industrial partners to complete their projects and hand it over to them.

Xplorair is one of the best examples of such a success

We wish Xplorair all the best in its future developments.

Keep 3D-ing!



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