Charles Bombardier

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Charles Bombardier
Charles Bombardier July 2016.jpg
Born1974 (age 45–46)
Valcourt, Canada
OccupationIndustrial designer, Entrepreneur

Charles Bombardier (born 1974) is a Canadian engineer, innovator and angel investor,[1][2] who creates vehicle concepts and shares them openly with the world with his nonprofit Imaginactive.[3][4][5] In 2016 he received the most innovative people award[6][7][8] for his work in industrial design. His concept ideas regularly make headlines around the world.[7][9][10][11]


Charles Bombardier was born in Valcourt, Canada.[12] Bombardier's grandfather was Joseph-Armand Bombardier, founder of Bombardier Inc. and Bombardier Recreational Products and inventor of the snowmobile.[2][12][13][14] At age 16, Bombardier began working for his family's company on the Ski-Doo assembly line in Valcourt.[15]


Bombardier first completed a technical degree at the CEGEP of Lévis-Lauzon in 1994. He then attended the École de technologie supérieure in Montreal, Quebec,[12][16] where he received a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1998. In 2011 he completed a certificate in board governance from Laval University.[17] Bombardier went on to complete a Master's degree in applied science (MScA) writing a memoir on the subject of crowdfunding and innovation management.[18] In 2016 he began his research at the University of Sherbrooke and later enrolled into the PhD at the faculty of engineering [19]


Bombardier began his career with Bombardier Recreational Products where he managed various engineering team. Among them the Bombardier Traxter XL ATV, the Elite Snowmobile by Ski-Doo[12] and the Spyder roadster motorcycle by Can-Am.[12][20] In 2008 Bombardier left the family business to create electric vehicle prototypes.

In 2013 focused his research on the product ideation process. He began converting his ideas into design concepts related to the future of mobility. The Globe and Mail hired him soon after to start writing a weekly column.[21][22][23] In 2016 Conde Nast's Wired magazine followed and offered him a columnist position.[24]

Charles Bombardier in one of the earliest investors in Tandem Launch Technologies, a start-up incubator founded by Helge Seetzen.[15][25] He continues to invest with his family in Canadian Start-up and incubators.[26] In 2016 he was selected to the board of the Order of Engineers of Québec.[27][28] In 2017 he started collaborating with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and was named Senior Advisor on the Future of Aviation in 2018.

Concept designs[edit]

Bombardier began publishing his concepts in 2013.[29] As of February 2019, he had published and shared over 325 concepts openly ranging from recreational products to cars, boats & aircraft [20][30] Each of his concepts includes a brief project description.[31] Bombardier collaborates with industrial designers from around the world to convert his vision into 3D models and graphic images.[12] Bombardier does not patent his ideas, he publishes them on to inspire the public, foster innovation and gather feedback to improve his ideas.[12]

Skreemr and Antipode Supersonic Aircraft[edit]

The Skreemr and Antipode concepts depict two types of hypersonic aircraft concepts able to fly from New York to London in less than 11 minutes [10] Reusable rocket boosters would initially accelerate and propel the aircraft to Mach 5, after which, scramjets engines would take over and continue accelerating them up to Mach 24. An opening in the Antipode's nose would expel counter-flowing jets of air to cool the aircraft surface and reduced its sonic booms. This technology, dubbed long penetration mode (LPM),[32] was inspired by a NASA study.[33] Both concepts were featured in many magazines including Popular Mechanics [34] and Architectural Digest,[35] CNN [36] and Forbes[37] amongst others.


The Seataci is a yacht concept that uses a biomimetic propulsion system resembling the movement of whale's tail. Its main hull would be lowered underwater, providing passengers with an excellent underwater view of the coral reefs and marine life. It features a dozen villas and two landing pads specially designed for personal flying drones. It received a lot of press around the world and appeared in the Daily Mail,[38] Forbes,[39]Business Insider[40] and hundreds of other websites around the world.

The Solar Express[edit]

The Solar Express is a space train that would be designed and used to ferry humans, supplies and minerals between celestial bodies and space stations in our solar system. It would run non-stop, so smaller vessels would need to catch the train when it passed by. It provides an artist's rendering of a Mars cycler spacecraft. The Solar Express concept generated thousands of articles around the globe in dozens of languages including Chinese,[11] Arabic,[41] German,[42] Italian,[43] Russian[44][45] and many others.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ "A dream job dreaming up future vehicles". Cnet. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  2. ^ a b "A vision of the future – the driverless race car". 2014-05-26.
  3. ^ Kristine Owram (2016-02-12). "Bombardier Inc founder's grandson Charles comes up with an invention a week — and he's giving them away for free". Financial Post. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  4. ^ "Charles Bombardier: drones are the future, not flying cars". Aero Time. 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  5. ^ Jim Leggett (2014-03-07). "Charles Bombardier dreams big with wild concepts". Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  6. ^ "Globe Drive contributor awarded Most Innovative Person in Industrial Design". The Globe And Mail. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2016-09-19.
  7. ^ a b c ROBB REPORT STAF (2 August 2017). "Drawn to the Wild Side: 4 Visionary Concepts in Aircraft, Wheels, and Watches". Robb Report. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b Marty-Kanatakhatsus Meunier (3 June 2016). "Charles Bombardier obtient le prix The most innovative person in industrial design". Université de Sherbrooke. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  9. ^ a b Bruce Brown (19 July 2017). "Seataci superyacht concept mimics a whale's tail-propulsion system". Digital Trends. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b Carrington, Daisy. "The Antipode: Flying from New York to London in 11 minutes". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  11. ^ a b Wei Feng (27 August 2016). "Space train new concept: 3000 km / h 37 hours to Mars". Tech Feng. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Charles Bombardier dreams big with wild concepts". Driving. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  13. ^ "This Trike Motorcycle Concept Is Like A Big Wheel For Adults". Popular Science. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  14. ^ "Designer Airliners – Ice Road Flying". Aviation Week. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  15. ^ a b "The Arrow: A motorcycle with a dash of fighter jet". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  16. ^ "L'Exuma, Un Nouveau Concept de Ponton Électrique de Charles Bombardier". Quebec Yachting. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  17. ^ "APPOINTMENT OF CHARLES BOMBARDIER, ASC, TO THE ORDRE DES INGÉNIEURS DU QUÉBEC". College Des Administrateurs De Societies. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Financement participatif de projet en innovation : étude des facteurs d'influence sur Kickstarter". ESpace ETS. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  19. ^ "Focus on the Inventors!". Université de Sherbrooke. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  20. ^ a b "Charles Bombardier, artiste-ingénieur". La Presse. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  21. ^ "Enclosed self-driving motorcycle is a new breed of urban vehicle". The Globe and Mail. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  22. ^ "An eco-friendly snowmobile for outdoor work". The Globe and Mail. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  23. ^ "A flying car designed for civilians". The Globe and Mail. 30 July 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Charles Bombardier". Wired Magazine. 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  25. ^ "The Overdrive truck: Able to move in any direction". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  26. ^ "$ 500,000 donation for the development of student technological entrepreneurship at Université de Sherbrooke". Université de Sherbrooke. 11 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Charles Bombardier among the most innovative personalities in industrial design". College of Engineers of Qubec. 2016-06-08. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  28. ^ "Board of Directors". College of Engineers of Qubec. 2016-10-27. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
  29. ^ "Le Petit-Fils de Joseph-Armand Bombardier Concepteur D'Automobiles". Autonet. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  30. ^ Will Webster (11 January 2019). "Imaginactive founder Charles Bombardier future space travel interview". Red Bull. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Creating a Stress-Free Environment". Trend Reports. Retrieved 2014-04-13.
  32. ^ Narjas Zatat (2016-12-12). "A new plane could fly from London to New York in 20 minutes". The Independent.
  33. ^ Venkatachari, Balaji Shankar; Chang, Chau-Lyan; Zichettello, Benjamin; Bilyeu, David L. "Long Penetration Mode Counterflowing Jets for Supersonic Slender Configurations — A Numerical Study" (PDF). NASA. NASA. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  34. ^ Jay Bennett (2 November 2015). "Supersonic 'Skreemr' Jet Could Fly Faster than Mach 10". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  35. ^ Nick Mafi (5 November 2016). "Supersonic Jet Could Change Travel Forever". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  36. ^ Carrington, Daisy. "The Antipode: Flying from New York to London in 11 minutes". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  37. ^ Kristin Tablang (16 January 2016). "Fly From New York To Dubai In 22 Minutes On Board This Hypersonic Private Jet Concept". Forbes. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  38. ^ Qin Xie (30 September 2016). "$100 Million luxury eco-yacht". Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  39. ^ Kristin Tablang (29 September 2016). "Would You Pay $100 Million for this Whale Tail-Powered Luxury Yacht?". Forbes. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  40. ^ Dennis Green (23 October 2016). "Seataci Yacht Concept is like a whale". Business Insider. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  41. ^ "A train to Space". Porfy Soft. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  42. ^ Marco Di Lorenzo (29 August 2016). "With the Solar Express in 37 hours to Mars". Giga De. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  43. ^ Elena Re Garbagnati. "Space Train from Earth to Mars". Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  44. ^ Daria Zagorskaya (29 August 2016). "Space train takes to Mars for 37 hours". BBC News. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  45. ^ Natalia Dynisyuk (22 November 2016). "Imaginactive developing a flying motercycle". Retrieved 25 November 2016.

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