Aeroscraft Air Ship - I find this a fascinating idea, a cruise ship for the skies. NY Nerds posted this picture with commentary. I thought it was a joke...and it may be...but it's still an interesting idea. A fighter jet it ain't, but the available space per passenger would beat the hell out of the airline's current cattle-car offerings. Also, could it be a fuel saver--relying on the helium (or hydrogen?) as lift?
Nice summary from Howstuffworks "How the Aeroscraft Will Work":
- Dimensions (feet): 165 high x 244 wide x 647 long (in meters, 50 x 74 x 197)
- Range: 6,000 miles (9,656 km)
- Cruising Speed: 174 mph (78 m/s)
- Altitude Range: 0 to 8,000 ft (0 to 2438 m)
- Payload: Up to 250 passengers or 400 tons (362,874 kg) of cargo
Passenger numbers seem low.
The Aeroscraft won't require much of a ground crew or airstrip. A special system located under the aircraft's belly creates a vacuum to anchor it upon landing. Reversing the vacuum helps set the Aeroscraft aloft.