For those who've dreamed of piloting a blimp, but wouldn't mind having a personal dirigible
around for less extensive trips, Aeros has you covered. The company has recently launched the Aeroscraft ML866, which is "a buoyancy assisted air vehicle with a rigid structure and gas cells." Integrated into the airship is the firm's own proprietary technologies, such as the full authority direct organic lift control (FADOLC) and dynamic buoyancy management system. The company also suggests that this creation can takeoff and land vertically, hover for "extended periods of time," handle all sorts of weather and get you where you need to be sans the use of an airport. Reportedly, the vessel will eventually measure in at some 210-feet long and will offer up around 5,000-square feet of cabin space, but you should know that this beast is expected to run you right around $40 million whenever it goes on sale.
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