Friday, January 28, 2011

Hybrid Air Vehicle

Thanks to Bill Neely, here's a peek at a radical concept for air cargo.

The P-791 is an experimental aerostatic/aerodynamic hybrid airship developed by Lockheed-Martin corporation. The first flight of the P-791 was on 31 January 2006 at the company's flight test facility on the Palmdale Air Force Plant 42. It has a unique tri-hull shape, with disk-shaped cushions on the bottom for landing. A very similar design can be seen in the Long-Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV).

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,
The P791 did not impress the military experts as it suffered from a yaw/roll oscillation that looks like dutch roll and there was also a nasty harmonmic oscillation from one hoverpad to another. Both faults are clear in the original U tube clip of a landing.
Hybrid Air Vehicles and Northrop Grumman won the 517 million LEMV contract and first flight of the HAV 304 will be late summer.
Regards JB (Gasbags comedy )