Hybrid Airship Vehicles Are On The Rise
Since the Hindenburg disaster the hybrid Airship industry has been on a low scale decline until recently when a team of mostly British engineers announced that have been working on a project that could see the industry come back to life.
There have been many failures, false starts and experimental craft. But now Hybrid Air Vehicles, which is a British company founded in 2007, have announced 2 commercial contracts that mean the hybrid airship industry could come back with a vengeance.
The company has designed a new type of hybrid airship called the Airlander series and it looks set to take flight in 2016.
The new hybrid airship designs have the ability to remain airborne for up to 14 days and have a potential lifting capability of 50 tons with semi rigid lifting bodies and could operate in both military areas and cargo carrying roles.
Carbon composites are used throughout the aircraft for strength and weight savings and it maintains its shape due to the pressure stabilisation of the helium inside the hull.
Another larger hybrid airship has also been built called the Airlander 50, it will be able to operate in places such as natural gas and oil fields with cargo and heavy lift operations being carried out at the fraction of the cost compared to other hauling company’s.
These types of hybrid airship could also see a dramatic reduction in the cost of humanitarian aid delivery with great access for remote areas that other transport vehicles could never reach.
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