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RIGID® AIRSHIP DESIGN
RAD N.V.

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MARKETS



Applications
Application: Cargo
Application: Passengers
Application: Remote Supply
Application: Surveillance



    TRANSFORMED FLYING EXPERIENCE

  • Why does everyone like the idea of flying but hate scheduled flights? Because jet aircraft are boring, uncomfortable (unless you pay an extra $1000 for leg-room) and there is nothing to see except clouds. Your feet swell, and by the time you arrive at your destination you feel like you just walked all the way. Aeroplanes are extraordinarily good machines if you have to be in New York for a business meeting in a short time time but is it leisure?
  • Imagine a flight at only 1500 feet, where passengers are not confined to their seats, and are able to appreciate the extraordinary views. They have access to restaurant accommodation, bar areas and recreation facilities. The cabin is not pressurised. In short, people can really begin to enjoy flying again.
  • Yet RAD will provide these luxury leisure vehicles at a cost (including through life costs) that bears no resemblance to standard aviation pricing. The simplicity of our technology gives extraordinary aircraft availability. Our fuel usage, noise output and emissions are very low. And vertical take-off gives us access to low-cost green field sites. Passengers do not have to queue in traffic jams to get to busy hub airports (and operators do not have to pay hub prices).
  • If your business is scheduled or unscheduled transport of passengers or above all if your business is about leisure, the Rigid Airship affords extraordinary opportunities. Together we can create the first aerial tourism market for mass exploitation.



FREIGHT


COMPETITION ON COST vs TRADITIONAL AIR FREIGHT

  • Low operating costs
  • Low technology
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Cheap airfields


GENUINE GLOBAL RANGE

Point to point options

  • Not limited by runway availability
  • Distribution from the point of manufacture
  • Keeps clear of congested hubs
  • Low noise emissions

Not dependent on hi-tech jet maintenance regimes / aviation fuel availability
Extraordinary range (+ 20,000 km) for surveillance.


FREIGHT ADVANTAGES

Not constrained by volume (unlike aircraft with limited freight compartments).

  • Optimised for low density high volume goods

Extraordinarily smooth flight
  • Optimised for delicate goods and/or live stock (e.g. race horses)

Incremental revenues from advertising
  • Consider the promotional opportunities of flying a 600 feet long aircraft at 1500 feet over new markets


SURVEILLANCE

ADVANTAGES OVER TRADITIONAL PATROL AIRCRAFT


ENDURANCE

  • Time on task measured in weeks
  • Comfortable accommodation

COST

  • Low maintenance requirement
  • Low fuel usage
  • Low in life costs

RANGE

  • + 20,000 km

PAYLOAD

  • Useful lift of prototype in the region of 35 tonnes
    covers all surveillance requirements

TASKING

  • General surveillance
  • General border work
  • Drug patrols
  • Monitoring of 200 mile zones
  • Navigational safety work / surveys

    Communications data link facilities

  • ASW / AEW / C3
  • Search and Rescue
  • Disaster relief


    ADDITIONAL MARKETS

  1. PROMOTIONAL
    • exploiting promotional aspects of the largest aircraft in the world in conjunction with other roles (i.e. surveillance / TV etc.)

  2. ELECTRONIC
    • providing airborne platform for broadcast / mobile communications / data-links

  3. SPECIAL SUPPLY
    • Supply to oil platforms / special facilities outside the range of traditional helicopters

  4. THIRD WORLD ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    • Airships combine many features suited to the development of Third World countries. They can support mineral extraction and trade from areas of poor infrastructure without the burdens of high investment or large facilities. They use appropriate technology and have no environmental impact.



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