It looks like something out of a Bond movie. The concept ship Air Yacht is something as different as a helium-powered catamaran – which can lift to the skies.
Lazzarini Design Studio, with lead designer Pierpaolo Lazzarini, is known for its extravagant design projects, such as the Swan-shaped, electric yacht “Avanguardia”.
Megakatamaran – med blimps
But the question is not whether the studio’s latest project takes the prize. Air Yacht is not more than a concept right now, but gosh – what a concept. It is basically a mega-catamaran where the boat’s two parallel hulls instead consist of two 150 meter long blimps (soft balloons), which are filled with 400,000 cubic meters of compressed helium each.
On top of the balloons, there are also solar panels that will contribute energy to batteries that help power the ship’s rotors.
With Air Yacht, the captain does not have to choose between air or water – the catamaran can handle both. Among the clouds, the magnificent ship should be able to fly at a speed of 111 kilometers per hour for just over 48 hours before the tanks must be refilled, according to the studio. When the Air Yacht changes elements to water, it can be driven at a maximum of five knots, corresponding to about 9 kilometers per hour.
Seat for 22 passengers
The balloons are connected to a main hull, in the middle, at 80 meters. In the ten meter wide main hull there is a luxurious main cabin, dining room and large common areas. The two balloons contain, in addition to huge helium tanks, also five adjoining bedrooms.
All bedrooms have large windows, with a “magnificent” view to the guests. In total, the airship has room for a total of 22 passengers. On top of the main hull there is also a helicopter plate, intended for travelers who want to connect without the yacht having to dock.
The airships are making a comeback?
Air Yacht is one of several examples of new concepts where airships are making a comeback. Ny Teknik has previously reported on the H2 Clipper, a hydrogen-powered airship that will enable green freight transport.
However, the question is whether Air Yacht, or H2 Clipper for that matter, will ever leave the desk. Regardless, Air Yacht is a tickling suggestion of what the aircraft of the future might look like – at least for those who can afford it.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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