Monday, June 12, 2017

This airship can take you places, literally

Bengaluru: A city-based aviation firm is developing an Zeppelin like airship which can be deployed for search, rescue and surveillance purposes.

The helium-based airship which can fly at an altitude of up to 10,000 feet and at a speed of 40 to 50 knots will have a seating capacity of eight to ten passengers including the crew.

"Airships are cost effective and also environmentally-friendly when compared to conventional aircraft and helicopters. They do not require a runway to takeoff and land," said Capt Ashwin Belmar, director, Belmar Aviation which is developing the Airship.

The firm which said that it's the first of its kind attempted in India has already completed the airship's design and has applied for an experimental manufacturer's certificate with the concerned regulatory authorities.

"Once we get the license we can start the development of the prototype which we are confident of completing by the end of the year," Belmar said.

The firm will develop the prototype at its facility in Hoskote and a German design company will be roped in for designing the airship.

"The airship to be built using the dacron fabric will be powered by solar and electric batteries. To start off with we would be developing an experimental eight to ten seater airship ," said Madhusudan, director Belmar Aviation.
12/06/17 Hemanth C S/Bangalore Mirror

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