|Lift type||Lighter than air|
|Engine type||Piston, Diesel, Electric, Hybrid|
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Carbon fibre and glass fibre composite structures are used for the rigid elements of the 45.5 m long aircraft, including the fins and payload module.
The hull is made of a laminated fabric consisting of multi-layered Vectran weave, Tedlar, Mylar and polyurethane, and fills with helium.
The landing gear is fully retractable in flight, and the air-cushion landing system comprises of hover skirts on the underside of the outer hulls that also provide amphibious capability.
A wheeled, casting ground cradle supports the fuel tank and there is a stowable mooring mast.
Fibre optic control systems are used throughout. The low-pressure pneumatic system powers the flight control actuators and provides low susceptibility to lightning strike and electromagnetic interference. There is a dual-channel, optically signalled flight control system, plus pressure control by multiple airbags fore and aft in each of the two outer hulls.
|Variant||Launch/First flight||Production end|
|HAV Airlander 10||2012 / 2012||Hybrid airship, originally built for US Army's Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) programme.|
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