MobyAir - an cruise by air?
PRETTY WILD LOOKING,
Even though the Aeroscraft dwarfs the largest
commercial airliners, it requires less net space on
the ground than any plane because it doesn't need a
runway. The airship takes off and lands like a
helicopter, straight up and down
This is not a Blimp. It's a sort of flying Queen
Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air
It's the Aeroscraft, and when it's completed, it
will ferry pampered passengers across continents and
oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre
cabin or relax in their staterooms.
Unlike its dirigible ancestors, the Aeroscraft is
not lighter than air. It's 14 million cubic feet of
helium hoist only two-thirds of the craft's weight.
The rigid and surprisingly aerodynamic body, driven
by huge rear-ward propellers, generates enough
additional lift to keep the behemoth and its 400-ton
payload aloft while cruising.
During takeoff and landing, six turbo-fan jet
engines push the ship up or ease its descent. This
two-football-fields-long airship is the brainchild
of Igor Pasternak, whose privately funded
firm, Worldwide Aeros Corporation, is in the
early stages of developing a prototype and expects
to have one completed by 2010.
Pasternak says several cruise ship companies have
expressed interest in the project, and for good
reason - the craft would have a range of several
thousand miles, and, with an estimated top speed of
174 mph, could traverse the continental
United States in about 18 hours.
During the flight, passengers would view national
landmarks just 8,000 feet below, or, if they weren't
captivated by the view, the cavernous interior would
easily accommodate such amenities as luxury
staterooms, restaurants - - even a casino�.
To minimize noise, the aft-mounted propellers will
be electric, powered by a renewable source such as
hydrogen fuel cells. A sophisticated buoyancy -
management system will serve the same purpose as
trim on an airplane, allowing for precise
adjustments in flight dynamics to compensate for
outside conditions and passenger movement.
The automated system will draw outside air into
compartments throughout the ship and compress it to
manage onboard weight.
( On a pressurized plane, windows like these would
explode outward. The Aeroscraft would not fly high
enough to need pressurization . )
The company envisions a cargo-carrying version that
could deliver a store's worth of merchandise from a
centralized distribution center straight to a Wal-Mart
parking lot, or, because the helium-filled craft will
float, a year's worth of supplies to an offshore oil rig.
'You can land on the snow, you can land on the water, 'Pasternak
says. 'It's a new vision of what can be done in the air.'
Purpose - Long-range travel for passengers who are more
concerned with the journey than the destination..
Now this is really neat ! ! !
Dimensions (feet): 165' H x 244' 647' L HUMONGOUS ! !