Hybrid Air Vehicles, the company that built the aircraft Airlander 10 (the world’s longest aircraft, also known as the “flying butt” for its similarities with the ass), said that the current prototype will not be rebuilt, but it will create a new generation of flying airships. HAV already received approval from the civil aviation authority to create new series of aircraft, scheduled for early 2020’s.
The largest blimp or a flying ship?
“This prototype served its purpose as the first full-size hybrid aircraft in the world, providing us with all data needed to move from prototype to standard production. As a result, we are not planning to launch into the air prototype more,” said the CEO of the company Stephen Mcglennan.
The HAV describes a 92-metre Airlander 10 on their site as combining “the best characteristics of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, lighter than air, to create a new breed giperaktiveh aircraft.” Made of carbon fiber, Kevlar and Mylar and the remaining air in the inert helium, the vessel was jointly developed by HAV and Northrop Grumann in the pilot programme LEMV and was named the HAV 304.
Later LEMV abolished the military, and the airship was purchased by HAV transferred back to one of their facilities Cardington into Airlander 10, the civil model. He reached a height of 2134 meters and picked up speed to 50 knots.
In addition to its size and appearance, Airlander 10 is also Izvestia accidents in two of six test flights. In August 2016, the airship crashed after takeoff from the airfield RAF Cardington in Bedfordshire. In November 2017, the vessel is freed from moorings before break. One person received minor injuries.
HAV had to leave plans for the use of the prototype of the Airlander 10 as a “demonstration sample” after the last incident, even though she earned more than $ 25 million in insurance indemnities for the damage. Now HAV will be engaged in production-ready model Airlander, including “all the details that make the difference between prototype and product.”
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