Friday, September 13, 2013
Blimp-like cargo mover to haul up to 66 tons
Aerospace firm Worldwide Aeros Corp. is poised to start flight tests for a new high-tech blimp-like aircraft created to carry oversized cargo.
The company designed the lighter-than-air Aeroscraft, a 266-foot-long, 36,000-pound, blimp-like ship made of aluminum and carbon fiber, as part of its Dragon Dream project. The Aeroscraft's "buoyancy management system" allows the vehicle to vertically airlift up to 66 tons of cargo.
The project is part of a $35-million collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, DARPA and NASA. It will invent new ways to move heavy and oversized cargo, even to areas with less-than-ideal or no formal infrastructure.
The aerospace company said the cargo aircraft is for more than military use, and can be a solution for cargo bottlenecks or to bring in vital supplies in response of humanitarian crises.
For more of the CBS Los Angeles story: losangeles.cbslocal.com
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