Hovering on the Edge: Will airships go mainstream… again?

A light breeze gusted against the enormous hangars that dominate the pastoral skyline of Bedfordshire, like Brobdingnagian relics in Gulliver’s Travels. “The weather was fine,” the post-accident report stated – perfect conditions for the Airlander 10’s second test flight, scheduled for Aug. 24, 2016. In the fields adjacent to the U.K.’s Cardington Airfield, aviation enthusiasts […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 7, 2017

Will this be the first cargo airship on the market?

Last Friday, we talked about rocket launches as possibly becoming an air/space cargo vehicle of the future. For our fun Friday post this week, we look back to one of the oldest forms of air travel — lighter-than-air craft — as our cool vehicle of tomorrow. After working for 20 years on a number of […]
  • Randy Woods
  • April 15, 2016

Aeroscraft earns airship patent for external shell

Aeroscraft Corp., U.S.-based manufacturer of lighter-than-air aircraft, took a major step forward in its its rigid-body, heavy-lift airship design by earning a U.S. patent for the “aerostructure,” which includes the outer shape of the vehicle. Known as the “Aeroshell,” this component covered under the patent comprises the outer shell of the vehicle, as opposed to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 28, 2016

UK firm works to get hybrid cargoship off the ground

It claims to hold the title of the world’s longest vehicle that flies. It can land anywhere flat, including on water, ice and in the desert. And it may be coming to a sky near you. The pitch for Hybrid Air Vehicles’ (HAV) heavy-lift cargo aircraft promises a lot. And Chris Daniels, head of partnerships […]
  • April 22, 2014