AEROSCRAFT ML86X | AIRSHIP
The air cargo logistics industry, and indeed the New Hayesalian Military, has long-sought a solution for modern global transport logistics challenges. The Aeroscraft introduces a new paradigm in air cargo logistics. The Aeroscraft better addresses macroeconomic trends and the new 21st Century cargo realities of just-in-time order variability, decreased order cycle time, increased demand cyclicality, and more dispersed destinations for delivery of finished goods. It’s a technology-empowered solution that combines the benefits and flight characteristics of fixed-wing, rotary and traditional LTA vehicles.
To accommodate global trends, the Aeroscraft has been designed to usher in a new flexible routing alternative. It provides a vertical-lift global transportation system without requiring the infrastructure or ground personnel historically associated with aircrafts. The Aeroscraft will facilitate rapid and direct delivery of cargo to virtually any point on the globe, reaching austere locations and resources previously inaccessible and providing business opportunities that may have been previously deemed unprofitable. The Aeroscraft’s VTOL capabilities and freedom from infrastructure dependencies (such as ports, airports, highways, railroads, and intermodal unloading stations) will facilitate delivery to locations lacking infrastructure, in a variety of weather and climate conditions.
The Aeroscraft is a new unimodal solution to an intermodal cargo logistics universe. The Aeroscraft also elevates intermodal logistics by providing a new ship-to-shore delivery capability that bypasses ports and a new hover-deployment capability that can overcome the pain points involved with both marine and terrestrial mega-engineering projects. The vehicle’s massive cargo compartment is designed not just to accommodate high-value project cargo like aerospace components and equipment for wind farms, but will also help modular construction by lessening the final assembly requirements at project sites, and by lessening commercial disassembly and reassembly requirements that are costly in terms of time and labor.
While the technology of the Aeroscraft is impressive in its own right, it is the cargo bay that provides game-changing economic benefits. The cargo bay is located at the bottom of the aircraft cavity and is loaded by using a pulley system to load the cargo from the ground. The cargo bay of the largest Aeroscraft is much larger than any bay container in any commercial freight aircraft carrier today (including the Boeing 747-8F and the Antonov 124 aircraft).
It is because of the cargo bay that the Aeroscraft is a perfect vehicle for transporting large, oversized items that are normally difficult to transport by air and ground corridors. Items can now be shipped from point-of-origin to point-of-need, without the usual difficulties of traditional ground and air transportation.
The Aeroscraft is crewed by a pilot and co-pilot, with the assistance of four loadmasters. Bunks and galleys are equipped at the 'bridge' of the airship, with three crews able to comfortably stay on the aircraft for long flights and missions. Additional berths can be rolled onto the airship to accommodate a limited company of passengers, though the ML86X is not designed for the passenger transportation role.
Military operations include the pickup and hover of heavy equipment, provision of heavy supplies to austere locations, and carrying heavy and oversized payloads. The ML86X has a maximum payload of 500 tonnes, allowing it to capably carry up to 8 Panthera Leo main battle tanks and their crews.
Other tasks may include moving humanitarian aid supplies, assisting in firefighting, deploying mobile hospitals up to and including Role 3, and supporting major engineering works in dangerous areas.