Nortavia Develops a Safe and Environmentally Friendly Airship
OPORTO, Portugal, October 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
The world aeronautical industry is taking its first steps towards the
re-birth of the dirigible airship as a means of transport for people and
cargo. Combining safety and versatility it will become the sixth form of
transport in modern times.
In the last five years and realising the movement in this industry, the
Portuguese company Nortavia-Transportes Aereos developed an innovative
project which is publicly announced today at Oporto (Portugal). Portuguese
engineering was behind the construction of a 1/10 scale prototype, six
metres long, three metres high and three metres wide named after the Earth
Nortavia created a Research&Development team which developed its own
concept of airship. This differs from the competition on several levels, the
aerodynamics, the conceptual structure and the use of a hybrid non-pollutant
propeller. All of which make this airship safe, efficient, versatile,
economical and environmentally friendly.
The project differentiates itself from others and make for a scientific
and technological advance. Not only because of the studies done towards
developing it as well as the use of the most advanced materials available at
the time of construction.
By contrast to the first airship built in the last century, the new
generation meets a high safety standard. It uses helium, a non-flammable
gas, inert and lighter than air making it extremely safe. The airship is
made up of several modules filled in with helium which allow it to stay in
the air enough time to serve its purpose and land in safety, even in the
case of a gas leak.
The efficiency of the airship developed by Nortavia is noticeable in the
type of missions it can undergo, from people transport on business or
leisure to medium to large size cargo, especially to areas of remote access
either by land, sea or air.
The airship is versatile as it allows access to remote areas where no
other aircraft can go as it can land and take off vertically. And this
without needing a complex airport supporting infrastructure.
The propulsion system chosen to be used on the Nortavia airship makes it
very economical since power consumption is lower than aircrafts and
helicopters. In fact, it is the revolutionary propulsion system that makes
this airship different from other projects. It emits minimal CO2, making it
environmentally friendly. The Nortavia airship combines a generator running
on bio-fuel and photovoltaic cells. These generate energy which in turn
powers the vector electric motors responsible for navigation.
Cassiano Rodrigues, president of Nortavia states: “The project which is
being developed by Nortavia fills a gap in the current transport system.
Rather than an alternative to the existing ones we are talking about a sixth
form of transportation which is safe, efficient, versatile, economical and
The development of this project with its world presentation set for
December 2011, in Seattle, USA has been favourably commented on by
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