A Solar Powered Airship
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The scientists at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) have developed an aerostat resembling an airship that can be used for cargo delivery in the Arctic and other remote regions of Russia. The solar-powered airship, named Ecodisolar, uses air lifting gas to save energy for vertical movement.

The photo is sourced from runews24.ru

The airship hull is made of thin gas-tight elastic materials and has the form of two hemispheres closed on a composite hoop and filled with helium and hydrogen. “Uniqueness of the development also lies in a hybrid electric power plant, which the MAI specialists have been developing together with the Central Institute of Aviation Motors named after P. I. Baranov,” TASS quotes the press service of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) Platform.

The MAI development differs from conventional airships by a gyroscopic stabilization system, allowing the airship to reach 130 km/h. The airship can be used for rescue operations, as well as delivery of equipment and materials to remote deposits of hydrocarbons, metals and precious stones.

The innovation will complement a number of developments in the field of electric air transport. Earlier, Baikal Engineering, a subsidiary of the Ural Works of Civil Aviation, created a Baikal airplane prototype equipped with a hybrid power plant with a motor. The airplane equipped with a parachute rescue system may replace the AN-2 maize airplane used for cargo transportation, aviation forest protection and agricultural work. Launching of serial production of Baikal is planned in 2023.

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