Airlander 10: World's longest aircraft to get longer


Blackleaf
#1
A new design of the world's longest aircraft has been revealed - meaning it will be 5% longer.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) said "nose to tail" changes to the in-development Airlander 10 included a rounder front and a new tail section.

The new aircraft will be about 320ft (98m) long and the cabin underneath can be built to different lengths.

Airlander 10: World's longest aircraft to get longer


11 January 2020
BBC News


The whole shape has been changed to "reduce drag, improve efficiency and performance"

A new design of the world's longest aircraft has been revealed - meaning it will be 5% longer.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) said "nose to tail" changes to the in-development Airlander 10 included a rounder front and a new tail section.

The new aircraft will be about 320ft (98m) long and the cabin underneath can be built to different lengths.

Tom Grundy, HAV's chief executive officer, said it would also be more fuel-efficient.


The landing gear has changed from non-retractable helicopter-type landing skids (right) to six retractable legs

The previous prototype, which was 302ft (92m) long and cost 32m, carried out six successful test flights between 2016 and 2017, before being retired after breaking its moorings and self-deflating in November 2017.

The vehicle that will replace it has yet to go into production, as the company is still trying to find a suitable manufacturing base after moving out of its former home at Cardington Airfield near Bedford in August 2016.

"We learned a lot from maintaining the prototype aircraft - many changes have been made to things like access to improve maintainability and reduce operating costs," a spokeswoman said.


The Airlander 10 protoype collapsed at Cardington Airfield on 18 November 2017

Mr Grundy said: "The design delivers an aircraft suitable for use by a variety of customers while also offering improved fuel efficiency, improved maintainability, and a design ready to accept the technology needed to achieve zero-carbon flight."

It will produce "75% fewer emissions than comparable aircraft", he added.

HAV is currently working with Collins Aerospace and the University of Nottingham to go all-electric.

The company, which is based in Bedford and Kempston, said it was "currently in contract negotiations for the first four production slots, based on signed letters of intent for over 10 aircraft".

It aims to be production "soon" with a craft back in the skies by 2024, it said.


The now retired Airlander 10 took off six times from its former base at Cardington


Cardington is famed for its two 50m-tall hangars, which date from 1915 when the first one was built to house airships

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...herts-51032891
 
taxslave
#2
Probably the only viable carrier for electric powered flight.
 
Dixie Cup
#3
How effectively can it carry passengers and freight and what kind of time-line would a potential client be looking at to get from say America to the European continent? I suspect that it will fail over time because "time is money" and I can see it being a profitable tool to use in transportation. As a tourist thing and travelling around a local area, maybe, but not commercially viable in my humble opinion.
 
Blackleaf
#4
Airlander 10 is due to go into production soon.

HAV are touting the aircraft as the future of zero-carbon aviation and luxurious passenger travel.

Fancy a three-day cruise over the Amazon or Arctic?

https://youtu.be/bscWRZXlhMM
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