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[英伦广角] 2016-03-12 英国打造全球最大飞行器即将试飞

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[Homework]2016-03-12 英国打造全球最大飞行器即将试飞

In a giant hangar in Bedford, the largest aircraft in the world is having some finishing touches. This wing is a fresh edition next up another engine. This is the Airlander 10, a 92-meter long aircraft will have its first test flight in just a few weeks. It’s the combination of more than 14 years of research, but whatever you do, don’t call it an airship.

“It’s not an airship. It’s a mix between an aeroplane, an airship with a bit of helicopter thrown in. It uses the absolute latest materials, it's got the latest fly-by-night technology, and latest avionics and latest computer software. It's very much an aircraft for the 21st century.

The Airlander was originally developed from the US military as a surveillance craft. This was a successful test flight, but the Department of Defense abandoned the idea. The Hybrid Air Vehicles reworked the plane as a commercial venture.

It will fly for five days, cruising at 80 knots and 20,000 feet, and it could carry 48 passengers. Unlike traditional airships, the Airlander has no internal structure. It comes to engine through being filled with helium adjust above atmosphere pressure.

This hangar is where British Airships three times as long as the Airlander was built in the 20s and 30s.The Hindenburg Disaster and your unpleasant to faster airplanes made airships full of fashion.

“The Airlander is a nice example of how technologies renew themselves. The airship is an idea a century old going back to the aeroplane. But new techniques like computer-edited design and engineer materials give you this. It’s a giant aircraft, but it’s green, it’s quiet. It can carry lot and it can go a lot further than other aircraft.”

“This one, it certainly can go 65, sort of things…”

Because the Airlander and take off and land on most surfaces, including water, and doesn’t need a runway, the company thinks it will be useful for cargo, and hard-to-reach places for leisure cruises and for research.

We are not talking about a mass market products here. We're talking about something highly specialist. It will be very useful for those who need it. But the number of companies and organizations that are going to need something as specialist as this are not large in number.

There is no escaping the fact that the Airlander 10 does look rather bottom like, but the future of aviation comes in all shapes and sizes.

Tom Cheshire, Sky News.                                                   
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