Airlander taking shape for maiden flight


The world’s biggest airship is being prepared for its maiden flight this spring over Bedfordshire, UK. Last month the team at Hybrid Air Vehicles attached the mission module to the Airlander 10.

The module, which includes the cockpit and payload bay, follows the attachment of the fuel tank and the payload beam, which supports bulky external cargo.

The components were attached using pioneering British technology, with the mass of the aircraft supported from strengthened features built into the hull during manufacture. Multiple attachment points on each part of the structure allow the load to be distributed evenly.

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