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Saturday, January 05, 2013

Past, Present and Future: "Dragon Dream"

Aeroscraft proof-of-design and technology demonstrator ‘The Game Changer’ is complete, accomplishing the first of four tasks under its contract with the Pentagon's Rapid Reaction Technology Office.

"Dragon Dream" - the gigantic Aeroscraft - is a new type of rigid aircraft that is neither a blimp nor an airplane. The craft will enter a flying tests phase over the next 60 days, according to the Los Angeles Times, after which Aeros plans to build an even bigger version with the capacity to transport massive amounts of material.

The Aeroscraft Airship, possesses an internal ballast — it can literally hover as cargo is unloaded. Amazing. The finished version - expected to be ready in three years - will carry 66 tonnes at a speed of 120 knots, up to 5,500m with a range of 3000 nautical miles. 
The Aeroscraft is a zeppelin with a 230-foot rigid skeleton made of aluminum and carbon fiber. It's a new type of hybrid aircraft that combines airplane and airship technologies and doesn't need a long runway to take off or land because it has piston engines that allow it to move vertically and a new high-tech buoyancy control system.

Aeroscraft is capable of hauling three times more cargo than the world’s largest military planes. This project, funded by the United States military, boasts world-changing aspirations in the realm of transport, disaster relief, modern warfare and of course, tourism.

Civilian versions would be able to offer air cruises at any altitude. Just like a cruise ship but over land. Imagine taking the most awesome trip over a three or four days, from New York to San Francisco, slowly flying over the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountains, watching the incredible scenery while sipping on a cocktail or comfortably having dinner in a restaurant with huge glass windows. Then, at night, you sleep in your comfortable room, writes Jesus Diaz for Gizmodo.

The new technology is as if the Thunderbirds 2 animations of the 1960's have been made real.

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