It looks like the setbacks plaguing the world's largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 hybrid airship, are a thing of the past. After last year's accident, which ended with the fall of the flying giant, in May he made a successful test flight, and now has reached a record height for himself 1128 meters, exceeding the previous result by more than 60 meters.
Last Thursday, the Airlander 10 took off at 18:12 local time and stayed in the air for more than 3 hours. This is just a small part of its potential. Over time, he will be able to continuously stay in the air for up to three weeks, carrying payloads weighing up to 10 tons.
The Airlander 10 was originally developed as an aerial reconnaissance vehicle for the US Army, but in 2012 the Pentagon abandoned this idea. The creators of the aircraft are currently considering using it in the interests of the coast guard, border guards, geodesy and communications.
Visitors to the Paris International Air Show at Le Bourget will be able to see the Airlander 10 next week.