In 1910, the cost of manufacturing the airplane was approx. 1,000,000 Francs, in today’s money that is an estimate of around 3,000,000 Euro.
Our budget estimate is 350,000 Euro and it is considered to be a rather small one. We have been able to decrease the costs by using modern technology where possible. Drawings will all be done on the computer, material cutting will be done automatically (both plywood and metal), all costs related to the almost 10 patents required then are not a necessary expenditure anymore. The costs related to exhibiting the plane at the Salon in 1910 have been also been deducted, the costs associated with manufacturing the delicate elements are much lower now as well.
The Clerget engine (model 1909) had a list price of 10,000 Francs which would be around 30,000 Euro today.
For this amount a whole car could be purchased, however, since there are no known engines of this kind left anywhere in the world, it will have to be manufactured from scratch. This will increase the costs since special moulds have to be created for this unique and vital element of the plane.
Estimates for each stage are as follows:
- 3D Design (30,000 Euro)
- CFD Simulation (50,000 Euro)
- Structure (70,000 Euro)
- Propulsion ( 90,000 Euro)
- Control & command (30,000 Euro)
- Propulsion bench testing (50,000 Euro)
- Assembly (10,000 Euro)
- Final testing (20,000 Euro)
TOTAL (350,000 Euro)
The funding will come from partnerships, own funding, sponsorship both foreign and domestic.
Quite a few activities will be performed by volunteers.