Aeroscraft cargo airship development progresses

Development of the world’s first Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capable heavy-lift cargo airship is progressing with the project entering the design freeze phase, according to the Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros).


Development of the world’s first Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) capable heavy-lift cargo airship is progressing with the project entering the design freeze phase, according to the Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros).

Th e ML866 (60-tonne) Aeroscraft cargo airship, which features independence from external ballast, has completed the engineering scale down prototype ‘Dragon Dream’ phase with Aeros currently developing main component and test articles for the patented buoyancy management system known as COSH, or control-of-static-heaviness, as well as structural components for the operational Aeroscraft with 60 tonne payload.

Th e cargo airship now taking shape is unique in terms of its capability, size, cargo handling and propulsion, featuring infrastructure independence with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capability at max payload. COSH is Aeros’ proprietary and patented internal buoyancy management technology, which was successfully demonstrated in 2013 as part of DoD ‘Project Pelican’ with the technology demonstration vehicle measuring approximately 1:2 scale, known as ‘Dragon Dream.’

Aeros is planning to complete the configuration ‘design freeze’ for the 60 tonne payload capable Aeroscraft by end of 2015 as part of fleet development efforts now underway which include US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) certification within five years.