Quick Facts
Airships Africa
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Quick Features & Benefits
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Features
Benefits
No Costly Infrastructure required
  • Can transport cargo and/or passengers to and from points A
    and B without the need for transport infrastructure, ie:
    eliminates need for roads, railways, waterways, airports or
    seaports
Revolutionary Effect on Africa
  • Ability to cost-effectively transport heavy freight and/or
    passengers to previously inaccessible, or difficult to access
    locations.
Eco-Friendly
  • Most eco-friendly means of mass transport available today
Environmentally Efficient
  • Important consideration with respect to worldwide concerns
    about increasing pollution and greenhouse gas effects.
Lands on Dirt
  • No need for paved run- ways.
Access Remote Areas
  • Can land on virtually any relatively flat surface, providing
    greater versatility
Short Runway
  • Lands in a much shorter distance than traditional aircraft.
Uses Less Land Space
  • Can land in areas where traditional aircraft can not,
    providing greater versatility.
Unique Structural Design
  • Has a patented internal frame , inspired by a design
    currently used in modern bridge construction known as "stay
    bridge construction".
Greater Load Capacity
  • This provides a quantum leap in cargo weights and volumes
    that can be transported over short or long distances.
More Cost Competitive
  • Competitive transport costs as compared with traditional
    means of transport.
Multi Task Efficient
Can carry detachable, customisable cargo pods. Pods can be
configured as hospitals, schools, housing facilities, etc.
Less down time - More Flying Time!
  • Greatly increased versatility and cost effectiveness of the
    African Airships. The pods can be fully customised to meet
    different requirements, allowing the same aircraft to be used
    for many different purposes without the need to modify the
    African Airships itself.
  • Can provide an instant infrastructure at the destination
    point. Greatly reduced time required for loading and
    unloading aircraft - full pods and empty pods can simply be
    exchanged, maximising flight availability time.
Energy Efficient
Flies on relatively small amounts of power at low speeds, much like
airships, but without the operational drawbacks of a traditional
airship.
Greater Flexibility of Use
  • Enables long loiter times and range. Facilitates specialised
    operations such as airdropping of cargo, fire fighting, mining
    in remote areas,
Safety
however unlikely such an event may be; likewise, and equally more
helium lost, the longer the runway required).however unlikely such
an event may be; likewise, and equally unlikely, they can land
safely with a total loss of helium (simply, the more helium lost, the
longer the runway required).
Greater Safety
  • Clear and outstanding improvements in safety.
 
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Rail
Aeroplane
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Freight Cost
Lowest
Medium
Medium
High
Very High
Low
Payload (metric tons)
500-25,000 T
20-42 T
20-42 T
1-20 T
1-5 T
5-250 T
Delivery Speed
Weeks
12 Hours
24 Hours
2 Hours
3 Hours
2 Hours
Infrastructure
Moderate
High
High
Moderate
Low
Low
Maintenance
Low
High
High
High
Very High
Low
Flexibility of access
Limited to
coasts/rivers
Limited to
Roads
Limited to Rail
Limited by Long
Runways
Unlimited
Limited by Short
Runways
Weather
Low
Low
Low
Low
Medium
Low
Environment Impact
Low
High
High
High
Low
Low
Energy
Consumption
Low
High
High
High
Very High
Low