World’S Largest Aircraft Embarks Maiden Flight: Airlander 10 [ Current Affairs - Science & Technology ]
Airlander 10 the world’s largest (longest) a hybrid aircraft has taken off its maiden flight at an airfield in Cardington in central England. Hybrid Air Vehicles had made it in United Kingdom.
- It is successful flight after 85 years of ill-fated R101 which was took off in October 1930 from the same airfield before crashing in France and it was crashed in which total 48 peoples had lost their lives so its development ends in Britain.
Features of Airlander 10
- Airlander 10 is a partly plane and partly hybrid airship of helium gas.
- The 92-metre-long and 43.5m wide Airlander 10 has flying capability up to 4,880 meters with speed of 148 kilometers per hour.
- It is also able to carry a 10-tonne payload.
- It can continually fly for more than two weeks in unmanned mode and up to five days if manned mode.
- It is originally developed for US Government as a surveillance aircraft, but the project was canceled because of defence cutbacks.
- Airlander 10 can also be used for commercial purpose.
- It is chipper because of its catalogue price of £25m, compared to $375m (£287m) for an A380.
About Hybrid Air Vehicles
- Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. is a hybrid airships manufacturer of British, which was founded in 2007 by Roger Munk.
- They use aerodynamics and lighter-than-air (LTA) technology to generate lift, potentially which enable the vehicle to stay in the air for several weeks.
- Its headquarters is located in RAF Cardington, United Kingdom.
- The company had established the HAV 3 technology demonstrator so they got US Army LEMV contract with the association with Northrop Grumman as the prime contractor, and led to the HAV 304.
- Published on: August 22, 2016