If you enter the keyword airship into any web search, the result will be a long list of different sites, some interesting and informative but many sometimes complex web sites, belong to a growing group of small companies that are looking for investors or customers for some type of new airship design or application. Very few of these companies have the slightest idea about how to design, build and certify a useful modern airship for commercial use. Most have even less of an idea about how much their new airship project would cost both in time and financial terms. Even when considering the lack of accuracy of current airship related web sites and press releases, there are amongst the growing number of virtual world airship companies a few companies with real airship development projects in progress that should make a big difference to the development of the lighter than air industry. Finally if you want to see something that illustrates my point about some airship companies see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP15Vgt55Gk (The Seymourpowell aircruise concept using Hydrogen) or read: http://www.skylite.aero/Welcome.html
Picture: The airship hangars, Cardington near Bedford England, waiting for their next big hybrid.
HYBRID AIR VEHICLES.
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) in Cranfield England are launching a new family of environmentally friendly hybrid air vehicles with payloads spanning 20 to 1000 tons, operating at heights up to 10,000ft at speeds between 90 and 120 knots, with endurance up to 5 days. The HAV's ability to operate autonomously onto any surface including water, snow, marsh and unprepared ground allied to little or no requirement for ground infrastructure or ground crew, makes it a 'market changing' transformational concept. All variants consume as much as 70% less fuel per tonne kilometer than conventional aircraft. There are several companies with similar concepts in the initial stages of development, however HAV are presently leaders in this particular field, partly because the designer of what was previously called a Skycat ( Now the HAV 266), is none other than Roger Munk, who designed the Skyship 500, 600, Sentinel 1000 and AT 10 airships and has more practical experience of designing successful airships than any other modern airship designer. See:www.hybridairvehicles.com
HAV 3 a few years ago on Lake Cardington.
WE WILL HAVE HYBRID AIR VEHICLES IN AFGHANISTAN SOON!!
LEMV ON APPROACH TO LAND AT LAKEHURST (First flight)
Thanks to Hybrid Air Vehicles for the pictures and some of the text. See: www.hybridairvehicles.com Pictures remain HAV copyright.