Hybrid Airships introduce the next revolution in affordable transportation directly to the “point of need,” enabling tactical airlift, strategic airlift, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and ultra-persistence. Hybrid Airships offer large capacity transportation capability with significant fuel economy and reduced operating costs. They can operate from existing infrastructure or service remote “points of need” with austere infrastructure.
P-791 Hybrid Airship Demonstrator
In 2006, the prototype vehicle P-791 flew in Palmdale, Calif, successfully completing all flight test objectives. The two man proof-of-concept featured fully functional digital flight controls and an air cushion landing system (ACLS). The ACLS is a hovercraft-type landing gear that allows maneuverability in unimproved areas.