Hybrid Air Vehicles Preps For Airlander 10’s First Flight

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Following the unexpected delay of Airlander 10’s maiden voyage, Hybrid Air Vehicles announced on Wednesday that the highly-anticipated aircraft is almost ready for its first flight.

Airlander 1As previously reported, Airlander 10 is described as a wing-shaped aircraft that can fly for up to five days at a time if manned, and for over two weeks unmanned. The aircraft can also reach speeds of 100 mph, propelled by its wing-shaped design, four engines and the 38,000 m3 of helium in its hull. The helium also gives it structure–it maintains its shape because of to the pressure stabilization of the helium inside the hull, and the smart and strong Vectran material that the aircraft is made of.

Last year, the London-based company launched its first equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £2 million for the Airlander. During the funding round, the company successfully raised 2.1 million and then returned to the crowdfunding platform nearly one year later and raised an additional £1.2 million.

Last week, chief executive of Hybrid Air Vehicles, Stephen McGlennan, stated the Airlander experienced a “slight technical issue” and there was no time to fix the issue before nightfall. The company also revealed on Twitter.

The company offered some updates on the aircraft’s upcoming launch on Twitter this afternoon. Check them out below.


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