Airship Design: current challenges and future prospects

26 September 2013, 1.00 PM - 26 September 2013, 1.00 PM

Venue: Pugsley Lecture Theatre, Queens Building, University Walk. Speaker: David Stewart, Chief Aerodynamicist, Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited
Airships have been flying for well over a hundred years. Design evolution has resulted in the new breed of hybrid air vehicles which combine aerostatic lift with aerodynamic lift. These new hybrid air vehicles can realistically help solve the World’s logistics and surveillance problems. Cargo loads of 50+ tonnes are possible and endurance is measured in days and weeks.

The presentation will describe the detailed design processes conducted by Hybrid Air Vehicles for their HAV304 and Airlander 50 vehicles, including discussions on aerodynamics, propulsion systems, avionics, materials, landing systems and ground handling.

A short recap of the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) programme will describe the challenges of delivering a vehicle to a tight schedule but show that the technology is ready for commercial development.

Please visit the link for the Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited website.

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