This innovative transportation technology will open a new era in the air delivery. It is based on the unmanned hybrid cargo airship – ATLANT, capable to carry up to 165 tones to a distance of 2000 km and more. ATLANT’s ability to land vertically on almost any unprepared surface with no need for special infrastructure erases the limits in rural areas’ development. Designed to withstand the critical weather conditions in flight as well as on ground ATLANT can be used as a powerful transportation tool for all seasons in all continents. ATLANT can also provide safe, cost effective and green solution for heavy and oversized loads delivery. For passenger, emergency and special missions piloted version of ATLANT is going to be used.
|Parameter||ATLANT 30||ATLANT 100||ATLANT 300|
|Total volume, cub.m.||38 900||110 000||311 500|
|Maximal payload, kg||18 000||60 000||165 000|
|Payload at the crane mode, kg||10 000||30 000||65 000|
|Nominal range, km||2 000||2 000||2 000|
|Ferry range, km||4 000||4 000||4 000|
|Cruise speed, km/h||120||120||120|
|Maximal speed, km/h||140||145||150|
|Hydrocarbon fuel consumption, kg/h||295||590||1 180|
|Cargo bay volume, cub.m||1 100||2 800||6 100|
|Cargo bay dimensions, LxWxH, m||25.8x9x5||36.5х11х7||51.5х14х8.7|
High level of automation of flight controls is a key factor for unmanned cargo operation. It removes the flight endurance limitations, reduces the operational cost and eventually turns the number of aircrafts into a fully optimized AI operated cost effective autonomous cargo distribution network.
Rigid internal frame and hard outer panels both made of light and strong composites and can withstand any calculated load both in flight or at the ground, like strong side winds or heavy snow. This feature makes possible the hangar less autonomous operation of the vehicle within the wide weather limits.
Active Ballasting System (ABS) can partially compensate unloaded cargo by pressurizing ambient air. In flight ABS is used for pressurizing Helium to compensate its expansion at the altitude.
At vertical launch and landing the dynamic lift is replaced by the propulsion system’s vertical thrust. For that purpose, we tilt main cruise engines (MDM) and in addition use «multicopter type» lifting devices (ALM) on both sides. It also makes possible the crane mode.
The Dual Fuel self-Ballasting System (DFBS) consists of the diesel/turboshaft gensets (GS) and Hydrogen powered Fuel Cells (FC). The battery packs (BP) are intended to boost the power during the VTOL operations. This DFBS enhanced HEPS considerably reduces both the carbon footprint and overall operational cost.
Four air-cushion landing gears are equipped by the actuated multi tool anchoring systems for reliable ground handling on various types of surfaces: hard runaways, soil, water (waives up to 1,5 m), ice or snow, wetlands, sands etc. The landing gears with anchors enable ATLANTs to withstand strong storms (90 knots) and side winds of up to 45 knots without permanent feathering.
Both CFD analysis and wind tunnel tests have confirmed good stability and aerodynamic properties in flight as well as safe ground handling at any wind direction without the need for permanent feathering. The lifting body helps to create an additional lift in flight to compensate the static heaviness.
Both unmanned and manned, cargo and passenger modifications of ATLANT can be used for various purposes. Certain applications will open new and unique niches for aircrafts, some others can make ATLANTs competitive in the existing transportation networks. Please, see the most practical use cases below.
ATLANTs’ long range cargo missions are essential to build a supply chain for out of reach areas where the most of the world’s natural resources are accumulated. Beside that the larger models being the first unmanned autonomous cargo vehicles can successfully compete with other aircrafts on the growing market of air delivery.
The large size cargo bay already gives ATLANT a lot of advantages before airplanes and most of the means of ground transportation in carrying oversize or low-density cargoes. But if there is a need to move even larger objects, like these 83-meter windmill blades – ATLANT is the unique solution while using its outside belly tray.
When the ground transportation infrastructure is unavailable or damaged by the natural or technological disaster, ATLANT with its much greater capacity than any helicopter can be the only saving solution to bring essential products or evacuate suffering people. It can also serve as a flying hospital or mobile power station.
ATLANT can help fighting the forest fires or any other fire spreading to a large area. Due to the lower speed it can drop water more slowly and precisely than airplanes not damaging the trees below. ATLANT’s capability to land vertically on water and quickly refill its large tanks makes it highly effective in firefighting.
VTOL capabilities of ATLANT can be used in a special Crane mode with the reduced payload for a high-rise installation. The Crane modification is equipped by the special rotatable lifting platform to ensure the payload precise positioning and to compensate the aircraft movement in case of turbulence or a side wind.
Piloted version of ATLANT can perfectly serve as a high comfort passenger’s ferry for short and medium distances, connecting land locked places without airfields or any ground transport infrastructure. This flying ferry can also use water ports or harbours to connect a great number of beautiful islands or coasts, which are hard to reach now.
It will be another dimension of passenger service. Spacious apartments and saloons, full service restaurant and bars, floor-to-ceiling windows, open decks – none of the existing aircrafts can offer these features. This flying yacht’s ability to land practically anywhere opens a new exclusive way to explore the world.
ATLANT is the only transportation tool enable to reach this level of air mobility! Intercontinental range with no special requirements for the landing site at destination along with the moderate operational cost can make ATLANT a great substitute of existing multimode supply chains for the special missions.