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Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10

United Kingdom (2020)
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Hybrid Air Vehicles of Britain is promoting its Airlander 10 for a variety of civilian-market-minded roles including passenger travel.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10 Hybrid Airship Prototype.  Entry last updated on 5/19/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Today the gas-filled airship seems like a romanticized method of travel from a bygone era of flight. However there are several modern players in the market looking to resurrect lighter-than-air manned commercial travel and one such product has become the "Airlander 10", an air vehicle from Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) of the United Kingdom. Founded in 2007, HAV has set out to develop a new generation of hybrid airships and this work resulted in the "HAV-3" scaled-down demonstrator. The HAV-3 product was a 50-foot long, remote-controlled model recording its first-flight during September of 2008 over RAF Cardington.

This vehicle then set the groundwork for the military-minded "HAV-304" attempting to fulfill the United States Army's Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) program requirement. Three were originally planned, and backing came from American defense industry powerhouse Northrop Grumman, though in the end only one was ever realized. With the cancellation of the LEMV program in February of 2013, the airship was returned to England and reworked as a civilian market hauler - the Airlander 10.

The Airlander 10 was debuted in 2014 at Cardington and is marketed as a long-range, low-pollution-emitting vehicle capable of landing and taking off from anywhere. Internally the airship is filled with helium and its base design shape is said to account for about half of its lifting principles. The end result is a product that combines the best attributes of fixed-wing aircraft (speed), helicopters (vertical take-off and landing) and airships (low noise, low pollution).
The airship has no internal structure and composites are used in its construction for its robustness while maintaining weight-saving characteristics so important to aircraft of any type. The envelope holds a volume of 38,000 meters cubed and the aircraft showcases an overall length of 92 meters, a width of 43.5 meters and a height of 26 meters. It can cruise at 80 knots and loiter around 20 knots while reaching altitudes of 16,000 feet. It can sustain flight for up to five days. Landing is supported through pneumatic tube-like skids along the underside of the craft and these are retracted during flight to retain aerodynamic efficiency. Production versions are set to feature a two-seat cockpit with excellent all-around vision.

Standard drive power is from 4 x 4-liter V8 turbo-charged direct-injection diesel-fueled engines outputting at 325 horsepower each. A pair of these is found along the forward hull sides and the remaining pair are fitted at the extreme aft-end of the hull. The engines are also vectored-thrust capable, giving the operators some precision movement from the cockpit.

In its current civilian market form, the airship is being pushed for various roles - VIP luxury passenger transport, lower-cost freight hauling, aid distribution to remote areas of the world, security surveillance measures, general in-air advertising and the like. The airship is rated for a payload of up to 10 tonnes with underslung loads being capable (in the production-quality form). A proposed, oversized version of the Airlander 10 is the "Airlander 50" with a 50 tonne cargo capability.

August 2016 - The Airlander 10 vehicle completed its first flight. The flight took place about 35 miles north of London.

August 24, 2016 - The Airlander 10 vehicle crash-landed on its second test flight after its mooring line hit power lines. The heavy landing caused damage to the underslung cockpit cabin though no injuries were reported. The vehicle has since been returned to flying status (December 2016).

May 2017 - Following modifications after an August 2016 crash landing, the Airlander 10 returned to the skies on May 10th, 2017. The return-flight lasted 180 minutes.






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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Type: Hybrid Airship Prototype
Manufacturer(s): Hybrid Air Vehicles - United Kingdom
Production: 1
Global Operators:
United Kingdom (possible); United States (possible)
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
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Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
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Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
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Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
3


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
301.84 ft


Meters
92 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
142.72 ft


Meters
43.5 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
85.30 ft


Meters
26 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
44,092 lb


Kilograms
20,000 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
66,139 lb


Kilograms
30,000 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
4 x V8 4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection diesel-fueled engines developing 325 horsepower each.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
93 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
150 kph


Knots
81 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
621 mi


Kilometers
1,000 km


Nautical Miles
540 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
20,013 ft


Meters
6,100 m


Miles
3.79 mi

Armament - Hardpoints (0):

None. up to 22,050lb (10,000kg) of cargo. Underslung cargo capability also mentioned.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Airlander 10 - Base Series Designation
• HAV-304 - Designation for U.S. Army LEMV trials
• HAV-3 - Original 50-foot long scaled-down remote-piloted demonstrator.
• Airlander 50 - Proposed over-sized variant of the Airlander 10 featuring a 50-tonne hauling capability.