Airlander 10, the largest aircraft in the world that also has a remarkable resemblance to a human behind, is ready to fly again, according to the company that built it.
After almost six months, Airlander 10 has finally been repaired and will continue its flight test programme. Back in August the giant airship crashed into the ground, crushing the flight deck—but somehow the crew escaped unscathed. The flight deck's instrument panels, overhead console, and associated wiring had to be reinstalled.
“The flight deck instrument panels, overhead console and all associated wiring have already been reinstalled successfully,” a spokesperson for Hybrid Air Vehicles told The Telegraph. “This was aided by weeks of preparation, which allowed large sections to be moved at the same time and clipped into place.”
“With the equipment installed, ‘power-on’ has been achieved and on-aircraft testing has now begun,” the spokesperson said.Airlander 10
First developed for the US government as a long-endurance surveillance aircraft, HAV launched a campaign to return the Airlander 10 to the sky after it fell foul of defence cutbacks. The aircraft is so named because it can carry 10 tonnes, is 302 feet long, 143 feet wide, 85 feet high and can travel at 92mph. It is about 50 feet longer than the biggest passenger jets and uses helium to become airborne.
HAV says it will be able to stay airborne for about five days during manned flights. It is hoped it will be used for a variety of functions, such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel.Airlander 10
In a statement a spokesman for HAV said the repairs had gone well. He added: "The mission module build team has been turning their attention to the large number of tasks that will be required before hangar exit and recommencement of the Flight Test Programme.
"With the equipment installed, power on was achieved and on-aircraft testing has now begun."
The company hopes to be building 10 Airlanders a year by 2021.