Airlander 10 Technical Data
38,000 m3 92 m
5 days manned
up to 20,000 ft
up to 10,000 kg
(1,340,000 ft3) (302 ft)
Helium filled, laminated fabric construction hull. The hull’s aerodynamic shape, an elliptical cross- section allied to a cambered longitudinal shape, provides up to 40% of the vehicle’s lift. The internal diaphragms required to support this shape allow for a limited amount of compartmentalisation further enhancing the fail-safe nature of the vehicle. Multiple ballonets located fore and aft in each of the hulls provide pressure control.
Profiled pneumatic tubes / skids on the underside of the two outer hulls provide for multi-surface ground operation including amphibious capability. Skids are ‘sucked-in’ for a clean-in-flight profile.
4 x 325 hp, 4 litre V8 direct injection, turbocharged diesel engines. Two engines mounted forward on the hull and two on the stern of the hull for cruise operation. All four are configured in ducts with blown vanes to allow vectored thrust for take-off/landing/ground handling operation.
Located on centreline; comprises 3 primary areas as follows:
1 pilot station.
Large transparencies for excellent all-round visibility.
Centreline payload beam for externally slung loads.
Fuel tanks and additional payload space