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Aeroscraft: An airplane, zeppelin and helicopter all in one

The Aeroscraft can fly at 115 mph, carry large loads of cargo over long distances and move vertically with the precision of a helicopter. Here’s a look inside the Aeroscraft and how it works:

Shell | Frame | Ballast | Thruster | Cockpit | Landing cushions | Launch/In Flight | Landing/Hover | Grounded

The outer shell or Aeroshell is a composite of six layers that aid helium retention, help solar reflectivity and add strength.

Made from ultra-light aluminum and carbon fiber trusses, the frame holds the internal ballast control system.

These tanks, called helium-pressure envelopes, can contain pressurized helium to help ground the Aeroscraft without external ballast.

The thruster propels the vehicle forward and helps maintain position while hovering.

Made from lightweight aluminum, the cockpit houses the flight crew and provides 360-degree views.

By pushing and controlling the direction of air like a hovercraft, landing cushions keep the vehicle grounded on all types of surfaces.

Helium is unpressurized throughout the craft; internal air chambers are deflated. The Aeroscraft is lighter than air.

Pressure increases in tanks, decreases in aeroshell. Air chambers expand with air and act as additional ballast.

Pressurized helium in tanks and air inside expanded chambers act as ballast. Aeroscraft is heavier than air.

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