The Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) has announced that production has begun on a blimp that will soon become the world’s largest aircraft. The Aeroscraft ML866 has entered the ‘design freeze’ phase, with the California-based airship maker now focusing on the airship’s patented buoyancy system, called COSH (control-of-static-heaviness).
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The 555-foot Aeroscraft ML866 has vertical takeoff, and landing capabilities, a payload of 66 tons, and a proprietary buoyancy management system. It will also have a cruising speed of 100 knots (115 miles or 185 km/h), and have a range of 3100 nautical miles (3567 miles or 5741 km).
Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeroscraft Corporation said in a statement, “we are excited to reveal production is under-way on the 555 ft (169 metre) long ML866, and committed to achieving FAA operational certification for the first deployable Aeroscraft in approximately five years.”
The buoyancy control method the ML866 uses is a system where the compression of helium can be increased or reduced depending on the scenario. Therefore, this will make the craft lighter-than-air during flight, and heavier-than-air during ground operations.
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The aircraft also has state-of-the-art landing cushion, which helps the ML866 land on any “unimproved surfaces” — which also includes water. The craft also has a rigid outer structure that consists of aluminum, and carbon fiber, which is different from most other airships that rely on the gas to keep their shape.
In a press release, Aeros wrote: “Aeros’ unique, and patented COSH technology breakthrough permits airships to efficiently address global cargo/logistics applications for the first time.”
“This new capability will dramatically decrease the time, and cost for delivering large ‘project,’ and container cargo around the world — especially to austere areas with no prepositioned infrastructure.”
It would be a sight to see at 118 feet (36m) tall, and with a wingspan of 173 feet (53m).