Why Not A Sky Cruise?
Imagine flying above a scenic landscape, but instead of being strapped into a cramped, noisy seat, you're relaxing in a spacious lounge, with huge picture windows, room to walk around, overnight cabins, and sit-down meals. That's the concept behind the Aeroscraft, a huge airship more than 600 feet long, now under development at Aeros, a California company. The craft would derive its lift partially from helium and partially from dynamic lift created by the shape of the body, the company says. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the project over $3 million last year, to develop the concept for military uses. Aeros also envisions using the ship for cargo and commuting. The ship would be quiet, fuel-efficient, and could operate from unimproved sites, according to the company.