Cargo transportation may soon get quite a bit greener, due to a new type of airship technology that can take off and land vertically and transport enormous amounts of cargo.
The Aeroscraft could transform all areas of cargo logistics, from humanitarian and disaster relief to military operations and food and consumer goods delivery. The new rigid, variable-buoyancy craft can transport and offload massive amounts of materials just about anywhere, even on uneven ground or in remote areas and without a ground crew.
The airship could deliver goods and cargo directly from its point of origin to its point of use, bypassing both rail and truck routes, and because it has a range of 3,000 nautical miles and can be used where conventional transports fail, the Aeroscraft might be the future of remote cargo delivery.
“Unlike other airships, the Aeroscraft is the only air vehicle designed with the patent-pending control of static heaviness system that controls the vehicle’s buoyancy to be heavier-than-air during ground operations or lighter-than-air during flight, acting as a “flying submarine.” The control of static heaviness system internally ballasts the non-flammable helium into the aircraft’s helium pressure envelopes (HPEs).
The control of static heaviness is Aeros’ solution to a virtually ballast exchange-free flight. Through a pilot’s control, the vehicle itself can be configured to provide enough static heaviness to offload personnel and cargo, without the limitation of taking on external ballast to stay grounded.” – Aeros
The 254 foot long prototype vehicle is said to be capable of carrying a 66 ton payload, including extremely long or bulky items, such as wind turbine blades, and travel at 100 to 120 knots at altitudes up to 12,000 feet. Aeros, the company building the airship, is planning to build even larger models in the coming years, such as one capable of transporting 250 tons of cargo.
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