Mega Airship Back in the Air in California




 
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September 22nd, 2013  
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Topic: Mega Airship Back in the Air in California


The Aeroscraft is a fully rigid airship, of the type that has not been seen in the air since 1940. A rigid airship has a stiff outer frame that maintains its aerodynamic shape regardless of the amount of helium inside the ship. The Aeroscraft maintains a given capacity of helium in pressurized containers. When loaded with cargo, helium will be expanded into buoyancy containers, like air is used to float submarines. The company calls this system COSH, an acronym for “Control of Static Heaviness.”

Chief test pilot of the Aeroscraft is 40-year airship veteran Corky Belanger. The co-pilot is retired four-star General Raymond Johns, former head of the Air Force Mobility Command. Photo: Aeros Corp.
Chief test pilot of the Aeroscraft is 40-year airship veteran Corky Belanger. The co-pilot is retired four-star General Raymond Johns, former head of the Air Force Mobility Command. Photo: Aeros Corp.
The rationale for bringing back this type of airship relates to its ability to deliver heavy, outsized cargo to remote locations without needing an airport to land at. Communities in locations like Alaska, the north of Canada, Africa, and the Australian outback are rich in minerals but lacking in infrastructure. According to the company’s vision the Aeroscraft will transform the delivery of cargo to mines, wind farms and oil fields in remote areas like these.
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