The world’s largest aircraft returned to the skies since its last crash landing in August and flew for three hours today. The $33 million hybrid airship, which is part blimp, aircraft, and helicopter and is the length of a football field, took off over Bedfordshire, in England.Read More
The French company Voliris made the smallest hybrid airship, which showed success with piloted test flights and landed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Now the company is moving on to make similar but larger airships to carry 40-foot containers and cargo up to 30 tons in areas with no infrastructure.Read More
Amazon’s patent for floating warehouses suspended beneath giant blimps at 45,000 feet–and deploying drones from that altitude to deliver your packages–was approved last December. But before we discuss aviation rules and restrictions for deliveries by drones, how does Amazon plan to keep the airship, with its giant warehouse, afloat in the thin air?Read More
Solar Ship challenges Lockheed Martin to a race between its solar powered Wolverine aircraft and Lockheed Martin’s hybrid airship. Who will win? We will find out, only if Lockheed accepts the challenge. It will be a friendly race to raise awareness about airships and to show what this technology can do to overcome the barriers of moving cargo to and from remote areas.Read More
The rise of freight airships could represent a new high for Asian companies who are looking for various ways to reach world markets, according to research published in the International Journal of Aviation Management.Read More
Just one week after its historic first test flight, the hybrid airship Airlander 10 is in the news again, for crash landing on its second test flight. After a 100-minute flight, the 302-foot long aircraft slowly nosedived, landing on its cockpit in Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England.Read More
The world’s largest and futuristic aircraft, as tall as a nine-story building and almost the length and breadth of a football field, rose slowly but majestically over the Cardington airfield in central England at 7:40 p.m. on 17th August 2016. Filled with the safe and non-flammable gas helium, the impressive blimp-shaped airship, flew within a six-mile area…Read More
In few fiery seconds, the era of the passenger airship had come to an end when the Hindenburg burst into flames at Lakehurst, , New Jersey on 6th May 1937. Now, 80 years later, with the advancement in lighter-than-air technology, materials, aerodynamics, and safe and non-reactive helium gas, the airship has returned in a big way.
The world’s largest and futuristic aircraft, the Airlander 10, is a hybrid between an airplane, helicopter, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Sixty percent of its lift comes from helium and 40% from the aerodynamic design, hence it’s called the Hybrid Airship.
Lockheed Martin landed a contract, on 30th March 2016, to sell 12 Hybrid Airships at $480 million to U.K.-based Straightline Aviation (SLA). Measuring 300 feet long and almost 80 feet high, the football stadium-sized, bullet-proof airship is filled with helium, which is a nonflammable gas. It can carry 47,000 pounds of cargo and up to 19 passengers to remote and inaccessible areas. The airship can travel over 1,400 nautical miles at cruise speeds of 60-80 knots. It can also hover over open water while cargo is being moved in and out.Read More