This airship looks like a UFO, it is actually Russian and promises up to 600 tons of cargo
The airships, for some reason or another, it is in fashion again. Those who once ruled the skies, now they return in search of flying for other purposes: carrying heavy loads. And a Russian company has one of the most interesting thanks to its flying saucer shape and the load capacities that it promises for a few years from now.
Aeromena is the name of the vehicle and is being developed by the Russian manufacturer Airship Initiative Design Bureau Aerosmena (AIDBA). The goal is to put it to fly by 2024 with the ability to lift up to 600 tons of cargo. Thanks to the fact of being an airship and its pulley system, it can load and unload materials anywhere, regardless of whether or not there is a runway.
Such a system makes it ideal as an alternative to land and sea transport. For example, when a cargo ship arrives, it must unload the containers at a port and from there the trucks pick them up to take them to their final destination. In this case, the airship saves both the trucks and the port itself, since the airship can take the container directly from the ship at sea and leave it at its destination in the city.
Another advantage of this airship is a feature for which airships are raising interest again: its low fuel consumption and pollution. Loaded with up to 620,000 cubic meters of helium, this airship will cost “approximately one order magnitude less than that of a transport plane” according to the company’s CEO.
But why in the shape of a flying saucer? The company indicates that it is a design that makes it easier to maneuver the vehicle, in addition to allowing landing in crosswinds. That is, it allows a better directionality by not having front, back and sides being a simple circle.
They plan to build different models with different capacities ranging from 20 tons to 600 tons of cargo. Regarding their autonomy, they promise a range of up to 8,000 kilometers. On the other hand, although at the moment it is designed to transport loads, they do not rule out in the future a version for passengers with a kind of “luxury hotel” inside. A cruise through the skies.
Soaring the skies (again) in airships
Aerosmena It is not the only company that is betting again on airships. There are scientists who have been claiming that they are a good alternative to cargo ships. A German company has already got to work and the co-founder of Google has a secret project where you are building one as well. At the moment, the most feasible of all is the gigantic Airlander.