A masterpiece of Swiss watchmaking, L'Hydroptère.ch is a concentrate of innovation and high technology. Developed jointly by L'Hydroptère team and EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), and built by the Décision SA shipyard (builder of the Solar Impulse solar aircraft), L'Hydroptère.ch was launched in 2010. Designed to sail on Lake Geneva, it will break all speed records, including the Ruban Bleu, which it will hold until 2023.
ONBOARDING R&D PROJECTS
L'HYDROPTERE 2.0 is developing a business hosting R&D projects aboard its 2 hydrofoil boats.
Evolving at very high speeds in a constraining environment (humidity, salinity, waves, wind), L'Hydroptère and L'Hydroptère.ch are ideal experimental testbeds for testing innovations from different sectors (maritime, aeronautics, industry) under real conditions.
Here are a few examples of experiments that can be onboarded on our boats:
- Mechanical systems (instrumented and connected foil or appendage for monitoring; ball joints or bearings for fatigue strength under extreme stress conditions).
- Electronic systems (sensors, measuring devices) for testing aging in hostile environment.
- Coatings, paints, coverings, etc. for accelerated aging tests.
If an experiment is taken to the proof-of-concept stage (POC: TRL* 3) by one of our platforms, development is accelerated and the TRL rises (validation of the prototype with a view to certification: TRL* 7 to 8).
*TRL: Technology Readiness Level