Arabian Supply Chain

Home / NEWS / VIDEO: Giant airship takes to the skies after crash


VIDEO: Giant airship takes to the skies after crash

by ASC Staff on May 15, 2017


The gargantuan Airlander 10 has taken to the skies once more, after it crashed nine months ago during a test flight. (Image illustrative)
The gargantuan Airlander 10 has taken to the skies once more, after it crashed nine months ago during a test flight. (Image illustrative)

SEE ALSO: Amazon reveals futuristic floating warehouse concept

SEE ALSO: Dubai – the global airship hub of the future?

SEE ALSO: VIDEO: World’s largest aircraft crashes on test flight

The gargantuan Airlander 10 has taken to the skies once more, after it crashed nine months ago during a test flight.

UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles resumed test flights of its Airlander 10 hybrid airship after making some structural changes to the design, and repairs to the airship’s cockpit and landing gear.

The program suffered a setback last year after the test aircraft took a thoroughly underwhelming nosedive while attempting to land.

Nobody was hurt during the crash, which happened very slowly due to the airship’s lighter than air design.

RELATED: BIG PICTURE: World’s largest plane lands at Dubai South

RELATED: Emirates A380 collides with another plane in Singapore

During this week’s test flight, the Airlander successfully completed a 2.5-hour flight from its base at Cardington field, but UK regulatory restriction prevented it from flying above 1,300m or further than 15 miles from its base.

Hybrid Air Vehicles claims the Airlander 10 can reach altitudes of 6,100 meters and it has a range in excess of 2,000 nautical miles, but a series of test flights must first be completed for it to receive regulatory clearance.

The appeal of Hybrid Airships is potentially huge. They require little fixed ground infrastructure or runways, flight crews are optional, and they burn less fuel than airplanes.

RELATED: Cargo plane crash wipes out half a town in Kyrgyzstan

RELATED: EgyptAir says plane missing over Meditteranean

How they navigate through variable weather conditions at low altitudes however, remains to be seen, hence the test flights.

Hybrid Air Vehicles expects to produce ten units annually of the US$32 million, 10-tonne-payload Airlander 10 within the next four years and is also working on a larger Airlander 50, with a payload of 60 tonnes.

The current Airlander 10 can only carry 10 tonnes.

See the video of the test flight on the next page…


FEATURED COMMENT

Please click here to comment on this article

COMMENTS

Name *
Email *
City
Country
Subject: *
Comments: *
Math Question: *
Solve this simple math problem
and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.
Refresh the image if not clear
Remember me on this computer



NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIPTION
Email:


Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA)
Linkedin
Construction Week Online Middle East
Hotelier Middle East
Arabian Oil and Gas Middle East
Utilities middle east

RELATED ARTICLES


Articles
Companies