The Ceros is a concept for a new generation of aircraft envisioned to ferry material, equipment, and people between remote outposts of the northern Arctic countries. It would be designed to do short take-off and landing on rough and icy runways to access most villages and outposts based in Canada, Russia, Norway, Greenland, and Antarctica.
Last century, a series of aircraft were developed to fly material, people, and equipment in remote locations of the Canadian north, including the De Havilland Beaver and the Twin Otter. The Ceros concept aims to create a 21st century version of those legendary aircraft by proposing new engines, new system layouts, and new types of materials and technologies.
How It Works
The Ceros has two wings fixed to the mid part of its fuselage instead of completely on top or completely under the aircraft. The objective is to allow the aircraft to benefit from the ground effect while it’s flying over calm bodies of water. Placing the wing closer to the ground will help create an adequate cushion of air to glide on. Placing it a little higher than the belly will also reduce the risk of hitting objects on the ground.
The Ceros could benefit its turbofan engines mounted on top and at the front of its wings. This layout would generate a lot more lift than it would on a conventional aircraft and help reduce noise/decibels—a major asset for wildlife populations. The fuselage of the Ceros would be made of composite material to save weight, and other technologies should be integrated into the mix to simplify avionics, controls, and flying procedures.
What It’s Used For
With climate changes underway, a new era of development might take place in the North. The extended STOL capabilities of the CEROS make it a perfect candidate to supply outposts, villages and research base. The increase in useful load, engine efficiency, and performance will also translate into a lower shipping cost and a smaller ticket price for passengers traveling in these regions.
I would like to thank Martin Rico for creating the images of the Ceros concept. Martin studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and now works for the ICAO as an Industrial Designer for the NGAP programme.