Hybrid Airship Being Readied for Flight

March 8, 2016 by  
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The “world’s largest aircraft,” the Airlander 10, is being readied for flights to begin later this year . The Airlander 10 is a massive hybrid aircraft that combines helium lift, aerodynamic lift, and direct thrust for flight. As we’ve noted before, we are big fans of airships (and even if there are tradeoffs in time and energy costs , we think that there is definitely a place for them in certain niches of air transport), so this is exciting news. Company information from Hybrid Air Vehicles cites a number of reasons for finding this airship so appealing to EcoGeeks: “The revolutionary Airlander 10 combines lighter-than-air technology with the best of aeroplanes and helicopters to bring brand new capabilities to aircraft. We produce less noise, less pollution, have a lower carbon footprint, longer endurance (remains airborne for up to three weeks) and better cargo-carrying capacity than virtually any other flying vehicle, with the ability to land and take-off from any surface, including ice, desert and even water.” At over 300 feet (92 m) long, the Airlander 10 [pdf] is roughly the length of an American football field, and its total envelope is 1.34 million cubic feet (38,000 cubic meters). But the aircraft itself weighs only about 20 tons (20,000 kg). It is the latest in a series of hybrid airship concepts that have been in development over the past several years, and the Airlander itself is the continuation of the now-cancelled US Army LEMV airship . We are certainly glad to see that the civilian uses of this technology continue to be pursued. It’s also good to see the apparent improvements in the technical performance of the craft. When we covered this in 2012, it had a cargo capacity of 7 tons, while the current payload is up to 10 tons. The Airlander 10 has an endurance of 5 days for manned flights and a cruise speed of 80 knots (148 km/hr). via: @hottopicnz

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The Dynalifter Could Transport 160 Tons of Freight Using Less Fuel and Money Than a Jet

October 15, 2013 by  
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Ohio Airships ‘ hybrid  Dynalifter  could transform how packages are transported around the country by reducing freight costs and extending the reach of delivery to less accessible regions. The idea was the brainchild of Robert Rist who, along with his colleague Brian Martin, believe the Dynalifter could herald a  “FedEx-like shipping revolution” . The product of 14 years of development, the hybrid airship is a 120-foot-long, pickle-shaped prototype that resembles a blimp. However, in its engineering, it is more akin to a boat’s sail with multiple balloon-like cells filled with helium. Read the rest of The Dynalifter Could Transport 160 Tons of Freight Using Less Fuel and Money Than a Jet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airship , freight , helium , hybrid aircraft , hybrid airship , logistics , Ohio Airship , The Dynalifter        

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Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives

October 15, 2013 by  
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British inventor and robotocist Joel Gibbard has created a durable 3D-printed hand that not only boasts an impressive range of motion, but can be created for a fraction of the cost of conventional carbon fiber and titanium prosthetics. Constructed from plastic filament , metal and a rubber coating to act as skin, the Dextrus hand costs less than $1000, and Gibbard hopes that by making the design open source he will be able to make prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees. Read the rest of Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D printing , artifical hand , artifical limb , Design for Health , dextrus , joel gibbard , open hand project , prosthesis , prosthetics , robotic hand , robotics , sustainable design        

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Wave of New UFO-Like Eco Airships Usher in Low-Carbon Future for Air Travel

May 7, 2011 by  
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A new generation of high-tech, safe, and eco-friendly airships aim to not only go where roads currently can’t in northern Canada, western China, and Africa, but also to replace the complicated, carbon-heavy infrastructure we now use to transport goods across the world.

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Why Chinese Go to England to Buy Shoes Made in China

March 10, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Elliott Brown , used under Creative Commons license. Terracycle once sang the praises of intelligent globalization , and from kite-powered ships to the return of the airship , we’ve seen plenty of ways that international travel and commerce can be made less…

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Giant German Airship Hangar Transformed into Tropical Resort

January 7, 2011 by  
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Skylifter’s disc-shaped airship could carry entire buildings over hundreds of miles

October 6, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: 500ft balloon designed to carry up to 150 tonnes more than 1,200 miles. Australian firm Skylifter is developing a piloted airship that could change the face of cargo transportation forever.

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World’s First Solar-Powered Blimp Set to Cross the English Channel

June 24, 2010 by  
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Can a blimp propelled entirely by solar power cross the English Channel? We’re about to find out! Nephelios , the world’s first solar blimp, was built by Projet Sol’r — a collaboration between students at engineering and technical schools in France. Now, almost a year after its debut (and a year after it was supposed to launch), the helium-filled airship is ready for action — its inaugural flight is set to take place as soon as next week

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AIRCRUISE: A Fuel Cell Powered Zero Emissions Luxury Airship

February 3, 2010 by  
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In the hurried and fast paced lives we lead, travel can be just one more stressful, cramped and environmentally unfriendly activity. What if you could slow it down, take some time, and relax – all while aboard a zero emissions luxury cruise that travels not on the water but in the air?! That’s what London-based designers, Seymourpowell , are proposing with Aircruise, a solar and fuel-cell powered airship designed for luxury travel. Read the rest of AIRCRUISE: A Fuel Cell Powered Zero Emissions Luxury Airship Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aircruise , airship , fuel cell , international travel , luxury , seymourpowell , Solar Power , sustainable luxury , Travel

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