Say Hello To Airlander 10
Hybrid Air Vehicles (a British company) has been developing this behemoth for nearly 10 years, and has finally given the world a sneak peak.
Measuring in at 302 feet long, Airlander 10 is absolutely massive. Being built in the UK’s largest aircraft hangar at Cardington in Bedfordshire, the next closest aircraft in size is a jumbo jet. That’s still 60 feet shorter.
Airlander 10 has a helium capacity & necessity of 1,340,000 cubic feet. The most of any lighter-than-air technology craft. Featuring propellers similar to those of a helicopter, horizontal stabilizers similar to those of a plane and helium to keep it airborne, the vehicle is considered a ‘hybrid’ flying craft.
The ship can lift incredibly heavy object, stay in the air in a single spot for up to three weeks and withstand bullet holes. This makes it’s uses quite widespread. It can potentially transport passengers on novelty flights, be used as a giant floating antenna to boost mobile communications for large public events, monitor refugee flow crossing the Mediterranean and even move large, heavy objects and machinery.
“We will not compete with a 747 flying across the Atlantic, but we can offer the ultimate flight experience for tourism and leisure purposes. It’s perfect for sightseeing because we can have floor to ceiling clear panels, and we can open the windows because we are not flying as high or as fast as traditional planes, but we will not be offering a service to get from A to B as quickly as possible.” Chris Daniels, Head of Partnerships at HAV, told BBC.
HAV is hoping to have the Airlander 10 aircraft in British skies this summer after rigorous testing. The firm plans to build a dozen Airlanders each year beginning in 2018. They’re also planning ahead to bigger and better things already. They envision an even larger blimp craft that would house feature suites of rooms.