08 October 2007

Unusual Luxury Getaway Vehicles for Air and Sea

This luxury airship is a rigid design that gets 70% of its lift via helium and 30% of its lift from its unique wing design. It should perform better in bad weather than typical lighter than air ships, with better maneuverability.
The Aeroscraft ML866 is a buoyancy assisted air vehicle with a rigid structure and gas cells. It uses Aeros’ proprietary Full Authority Direct Organic Lift Control (FADOLC) - a dynamic buoyancy management system that provides the low speed control capability. While 70% of the aerodynamic lift comes from helium, the remaining 30% is derived from its innovative “wing” shape. As well as being able to hover the aircraft will be capable of speeds up to 138 mph (0-222 kmh) and will operate at altitudes of up to 12,000 ft (3,657 m). and the massive 210 ft (64 m) long by 118 ft (36 m) wide by 56 ft (17 m) high structure will deliver a roomy 5000+ square feet of cabin space.
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This floating habitat features multiple levels connected by spiral staircase. The lowest level features panoramic undersea views.
The top level is 5.6 metres above the sea level and has been kept for study rooms. The next lower level is situated at 3.5 metres above the sea level and contains the night time zone while the next lower level at 1.4 metres contains the daytime zone with a kitchen and bathrooms. The lowest living level at 0.8 metres above the sea level is semi-submerged and has been kept for the guest room, bathroom and technical spaces.

The acrylic viewport globe situated at -3.00 mts above the sea level allows the occupants conmplete enjoyment of the submarine world.
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Powered by solar panels, presumably the Jellyfish would have the ability to move about on the water's surface using either a tugboat or optional self-power, such as sail or electric motor.

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Blogger Michael Anissimov said...

Sweet. It's all about the airships. Couple them together with some ultra-light aircraft and you can use them as taxis to anywhere you want to visit... as long as you have plenty of time on your hands.

The classic problem with airships, of course, is that they're lighter than air, which means breezes can molest them, but this heavier-than-air design looks like a very helpful innovation in that regard.

Tuesday, 09 October, 2007  
Blogger al fin said...

You know how some people live full time on ocean liners, always crossing one ocean or another? Some people live on their sail yachts full time, always on the go? The luxury air yacht and the Jellyfish ocean habitat suggest newer possibilities for the luxury minded nomad.

I like the idea of larger floating island seasteads, and flying colonies of like-minded people, always on the move. They could be forerunners of space colonies and colony space ships.

Tuesday, 09 October, 2007  
Blogger bw said...

I looked more closely at the site and they have some interesting innovations. A composite structure for more strength and less weight and an interesting device for dynamic control of bouyancy.

It seems later versions of this type of craft would be helped by
1. Even lighter and stronger materials. Carbon nanotubes etc..
2. cheap thin film solar for power systems
3. The wing lift capability seems like it could be designed to take advantage of wing in ground effect lift.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wing-In-Ground_effect_vehicle

http://www.se-technology.com/wig/html/main.php?open=commercial&code=0

WIG plane/boats need to be big to get the most efficiency. Height off the ground to still get the extra left is determined by the size of the wing. Since this is also large it seems like it is well suited.

Although the really big WIG vehicles designed to haul 5,000 tons would probably then swamp the blimp lifting effect. But vehicles with 60-2000 tons of lift seem like they would benefit from taking advantage of blimp lift, wing and wing in ground effect.

Tuesday, 09 October, 2007  

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