World’s largest aircraft Airlander 10 completes successful test flight

The world’s largest aircraft, Airlander 10, on in the third week of May 2017 successfully completed a test flight. This brings the helium-filled behemoth one step closer to commercial use.The hybrid aircraft dubbed the Airlander 10 combines technology from airplanes, helicopters and airships.It is designed to fly at altitudes of 6,100 meters for up to five days.On May 2017 -The Airlander 10 flew for a total of 180 minutes to test the aircraft’s handling, improved landing technology and more, according to Hybrid Air Vehicles. This was only the third flight of the Airlander 10. It first debuted as HAV-304, and successfully flew in 2012 as part of the U.S. Army’s Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle program. The reimagined and modified Airlander 10 made its maiden voyage in August 2016, kicking off a flight test program to assess the aircraft’s performance and attempting to fly the airship farther away from its base in Cardington, England. This latest flight had two main objectives, beyond safely completing a takeoff, flight and landing. The first was to determine how the Airlander handles, including the aircraft’s new, additional “landing feet” that make up the Auxiliary Landing System (ALS). The second was to collect data on the flight’s performance, such as airspeed, according to Hybrid Air Vehicles.There will also be passenger variants for the ultimate flying experience and eventually Hybrid Air Vehicles will fulfil a crucial role in point-to-point cargo transportation to remote areas,Airlander 10 could one day be used for search and rescue missions, by border control agents, for crowd monitoring, security, filming or academic research.

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