The Aeroscraft is an innovative and revolutionary aircraft that is composed of over three-dozen technologies created and developed by and belonging to Worldwide Aeros, Corp. These key technologies include Aero’s patent-pending control-of-static-heaviness system (COSH), low-speed control, rigid structure and ceiling suspension cargo deployment system. These technologies enable the Aeroscraft to fly over 3,000 nautical miles, achieve true vertical takeoff and landing at maximum payload, hover over unprepared surfaces, and offload over-sized cargo directly to point of need.
The viability of the Aeroscraft’s innovative technology was demonstrated in January 2013.
Unlike other airships, the Aeroscraft is the only air vehicle designed with the patent-pending control of static heaviness system that controls the vehicle's buoyancy to be heavier-than-air during ground operations or lighter-than-air during flight, acting as a “flying submarine.” The control of static heaviness system internally ballasts the non-flammable helium into the aircraft’s helium pressure envelopes (HPEs).
The control of static heaviness is Aeros’ solution to a virtually ballast exchange-free flight. Through a pilot’s control, the vehicle itself can be configured to provide enough static heaviness to offload personnel and cargo, without the limitation of taking on external ballast to stay grounded.
Generally, airships have a non-rigid structure, and these vehicles rely on the gases that fill them to retain their shape. Unlike other airships, the Aeroscraft has a rigid structural design. The Aeroscraft is the only rigid structure variable buoyancy air vehicle of its kind, and its rigid structure is made from ultra-light aluminum and carbon fiber materials.
This rigid structure provides an excellent range of hard points for mounting engines, canards, cockpit, propulsion systems, and other auxiliary systems both inside and outside of the hull mould line.
The rigid structure frame consists of transverse bulkheads, which are connected to longitudinal members. It is reinforced with tensioned cables, which are high strength, low creep composite braided lays.
The rigid structure contains approximately 200 trusses, and the length of individual trusses varies from 18 to 55 feet. The total length of all interior trusses is approximately 5,600 feet. The average truss weight, per linear foot, is about 1.2 lbs/ft.
Energy Converter (EC): Energy converters control the compression of helium to a determined pressure and discharge it into Helium Pressure Envelopes at high speeds, through a system of pipes and control valves.
Helium Pressure Envelopes (HPE): The COSH system compresses helium into the HPEs. The HPE units contain and control the compressed helium and allow the overall helium volume envelope to be reduced or increased, enabling the air vehicle to become heavy or buoyant in a controlled manner.
The Aeroscraft can provide precise cargo deployment from hover and land without the need for infrastructure or ground personnel. It utilizes two unique innovations to accomplish this feat: the patent-pending COSH buoyancy management system, and the proprietary ceiling suspension cargo deployment (CSCD) system that automates, weight-balances, and permits terrestrial or marine cargo deployment, simply and easily. The Aeroscraft's rigid shell works in concert with the internal ballast control system, which provides its runway-independent vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and hover capability, at max cargo payload, without the use of off-board ballasting.