These airships would be too slow to compete with the airlines and too small to compete with cruise liners, but as luxury hotel/local tour vehicles, they’d be awesome!
Silent and pollution free, the Aircruise combines solar power with a primary hydrogen drive for a cruising speed of around 90mph. It can fly up to a maximum of 12,000ft but if there are specific areas of interest en route it can drop down to a few hundred feet.
Seymourpowell design director Nick Talbot said: ‘The Aircruise concept questions whether the future of luxury travel should be based around space-constrained, resource-hungry, and all too often stressful airline travel.”
He said the Aircruise straddles the line between a cruise ship and a floating hotel…
…Seung Min Kim, design director at Samsung, said: ‘This was a dream concept project for us, helping to realise a future of sustainable buildings combined with innovative and luxury lifestyle.
‘In an age when environmental impact is a key consideration for architecture, we are keen to extend this vision of the future by searching for solutions that can be realised by 2015 – the year that many futurologists foresee as the turning point for the future.’
Technological advances mean lightweight, semi-flexible structures can now be built on a big scale. Although large, this is nevertheless a semi-rigid ship, the main structure consisting of eight vertical, composite lattices supporting four main flexible envelopes, which contain 330,000 cubic metres of hydrogen gas.