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Aeros announces fleet development plan for VTOL cargo craft

The Aeros Aeroscraft features a frame made with composites and can move payloads up to 250 tons from and to any location using a vertical takeoff and landing capability.

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Posted on: 6/9/2013
Source: CompositesWorld

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Aeros (Montbello, Calif., USA) announced on June 3 that it is continuing dialog with cargo airlines that will add value to the new vertical transportation system being created with the Aeroscraft 66- and 250-ton payload capable aircraft.

Aeros will present the Aeroscraft Model ML866 (66-ton payload) and ML868 (250-ton payload) airlift cargo vehicle configurations featuring true vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability empowered by an internal ballast control system at the Air Cargo Europe Convention in Munich, Germany.

The proof-of-design Aeroscraft vehicle was successfully completed and tested at the end of last year. During this convention, Aeros will continue dialog with cargo airlines that will add value to the new vertical transportation system being created with the Aeroscraft 66- and 250-ton payload capable aircraft configurations.

“The initial fleet of 24 vehicles will be allocated based on our clients’ needs, which include Project Cargo, resupplying offshore oil rigs, moving wind components across the vast landscapes and over borders of Southern Africa, and bringing renewable energy power sources and equipment to rural villages in India,” explains Aeros CEO Igor Pasternak, adding, “Recognizing about half the fleet will be located in South America, the Arctic and sub-Saharan Africa, our vehicles have been tested and developed with the goal of global operations in all climates.”

The Aeroscraft’s advantage is anchored by the ability to place cargo onto any topographical location in the world with pinpoint accuracy using a proprietary suspension system allowing for aerial cargo placement while hovering above the delivery zone.

Aeros says the Aeroscraft provides a transportation solution to address CO2 emissions driven up by global commerce, which is currently dependent on hub and spoke distribution model that uses a combination of trucks, trains and planes to move cargo to consumers and the commercial marketplace.

The Aeroscraft VTOL airship is designed for point-to-point delivery of heavy/oversize cargo to anywhere in the world, including remote and austere locations. It is a rigid-shelled aircraft offering one-third the fuel consumption of a regular cargo aircraft. The Aeroscraft cargo mobility solution does not require any infrastructure or ground support personnel. Perhaps most importantly, with the Aeroscraft, Aeros has solved the crucial issue of ballast control, achieving the ability to discharge tons of cargo even in hover mode.

Aeroscraft is a new type of rigid variable buoyancy air vehicle, designed to control lift in all stages of air or ground operations, including the ability to off-load heavy payloads without the need to re-ballast. For the first time in history, an aircraft has been designed to control and adjust buoyant and dynamic lift, creating a new paradigm for air transportation and logistics. The key features of the Aeroscraft include a rigid structure, vertical takeoff and landing, and operational abilities at low speed, in hover and from unprepared surfaces. 

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