The world's largest aircraft is ready to go into full production, as UK-based hybrid air vehicles announce the farewell and success of the latest test of the $ 40m airlander 10 prototype. UK-based hybrid air vehicles were noticed when it unveiled the prototype, a lighter than airship designed as an alternative to aircraft and helicopters. also known as the & # 39; flying bum & # 39; because of its resemblance to a butt, while the current prototype will not be rebuilt, exactly a new generation of airships based on this design will continue.
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built from carbon fiber, kevlar and mylar, and remaining on inert helium, the vessel was co-developed by HAV and Northrop Grumman for the experimental program for long-term endurance of multi-intelligence vehicles (LEMV) of the US Army in 2010. when the cutbacks left the project with a dubious future, hybrid aircraft bought the prototype and brought it to the UK. It was the intention of HAV to transform it for the civil market place, with freight and passengers. HAV and British company design Q unveiled an interior concept last year for the Airlander 10 passenger cabin at the Farnborough airshow.
'the prototype served as the target & # 39; the world's first full-sized hybrid aircraft, which gave us the data we needed to move from prototype to production standard, & # 39; Stephen McGennennan, HAV's chief executive told the BBC. The company says that it now focuses on the commissioning of the first batch of production standard, type certificate airlander 10 aircraft with customers. & # 39; the company also plans a larger version – the airlander 50 – designed to carry a 50-ton payload.
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January 14, 2019