The Airlander 10 by British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is a 100-passenger airship that takes advantage of the buoyancy and efficiency of helium, as well as solar power, to fly at speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour and stay in the air for five continuous days.
The company working on a strategy to “rethink the sky” and would like to introduce a hybrid-electric model by 2025, which would cut emissions by 90%, as well as a completely electric model by 2030 that would be zero emissions.
The revolutionary vehicle will be able to travel across cities, according to the HAV, and it has even planned routes for 2025. The scheduled journeys would include Liverpool to Belfast in the United Kingdom, which would take five hours and 20 minutes; Oslo to Stockholm in Sweden, which would take six hours and 30 minutes; and Seattle to Vancouver in just over four hours.
The spacious cabin of the airship can accommodate up to 100 people and all passengers benefit from floor-to-ceiling windows that offer wonderful views while also allowing plenty of natural light inside.
The Airlander’s unique construction reduces noise, vibration, and strain on passengers. Slower speeds minimize cabin noise and vehicle shakes.
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The airship’s maximum cruising height of 20,000 feet will generally be lower than a conventional aircraft, ensuring that passengers have a more exciting perspective of Earth from the sky. Turbulence is also reduced because the airship has a nearly 100-meter long hull.
Hybrid Air Vehicles has received support from the UK government and EU funding, as well as investment from the US Department of Defense. From 2025, the firm intends to produce 12 airships each year. Furthermore, it is in negotiations with a number of carriers about utilizing the routes. The Airlander 10 is on its way to becoming the future of aviation!
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