WORLD AEROSCRAFT


WORLD AEROSCRAFT


WORLD AEROSCRAFT

Massive Airship Off to a Flying Start

FEB 5, 2013 12:24 PM ET // BY JESSE EMSPAK

Blimps and zeppelins plied the skies in the early part of the 20th Century, carrying passengers and cargo and even serving as military aircraft during the World Wars. But it didn’t take long for airplanes to replace dirigibles for commercial and military flight and by the middle of the 20th Century, airships were mostly use for advertising, sightseeing and surveillance.

But blimps may be back. Montabello, Calif.-based Aeros is working on a rigid airship that can fly like a plane and float like a balloon. If realized, the 500-foot-long Aeroscraft would greatly alter the way cargo is shipped. The craft is designed to take off vertically and cruise at up to 130 miles an hour at an altitude of 12,000 feet. It will be able to travel thousands of miles on a single tank of fuel, carrying 66 tons of cargo — that’s three times the capacity of a C-130 and half that of the C-5, the largest military aircraft flown by the United States.

“This vehicle doesn’t need infrastructure,” Munir Tojo-Verge, the flight control systems engineer at Aeros, told Discovery News. “It could even land on water.”

Read more: Massive Airship Off to a Flying Start : Discovery News.

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