Editor’s note: The Aeroscaft will be able to transport a nacelle or several blades directly to a wind farm site, regardless of road conditions, and in the process take cost out of construction.
Worldwide Aeros Corp., a privately held aviation innovator established in the United States in 1994, commonly known as ‘Aeros,’ will be modifying and expanding its corporate structure to support forthcoming global cargo delivery operations using the Aeroscraft. The corporate structure is motivated to suit commercial Aeroscraft production and leasing. Aeroscraft Corporation is shifting its focus toward being a design, production and operating business for the Aeroscraft fleet of vertical=lift, heavy cargo dirigibles while continuing to engage in Government research and development programs for traditional lighter-than-air (LTA) technologies. ‘Aeros’ has rebranded to ‘Aeroscraft Corporation’ with its headquarters in California.
“The new corporate structure will support and facilitate the production and successful introduction of a global point-to-point network for air cargo delivery,”explains Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeros. “This new corporate structure will help streamline production, business development, and operational services for the new Aeroscraft fleet that will support commercial cargo logistics and e-commerce distribution globally with new capabilities.”
Aeroscraft Corporation will become the holding company for the Aeroscraft’s manufacturing, flight operations and logistics services. The company will continue to manufacture FAA certified airships as well as advanced tethered aerostatic systems. The new corporate structure will be comprised of three subsidiaries:
- Aeros Aeronautical Systems Corp. is responsible for manufacturing and type certifying the vehicles, initially in two cargo capacity configurations – the Aeroscraft 66 short ton (ML866) and the Aeroscraft 250 short ton (ML868) models
- Aeros Cargo Airline, LLC is responsible for global operations, training, and timely delivery of chartered aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance among other services to its customers.
- Aeros Logistics, LLC will own and charter the fleet of Aeroscraft and provide logistic services.
The Aeroscraft should soon create networks of opportunity due to infrastructure independence empowered by a new proprietary, internal buoyancy management technology called control-of-static-heaviness, recently demonstrated as part of a DARPA/DOD program. Control-of-static-heaviness lets the Aeroscraft operate as a lighter-than-air vehicle when flying, while letting the vehicle become heavier-than-air upon demand for ground operations.
The Aeroscraft’s introduction to global logistics will initially be a tool for addressing commercial cargo transport, disaster response enhancement, and U.S. military mobility among other applications. The Aeroscraft’s vertical lift , oversized, and heavy payload accommodation, speed, range and cost will bridge the gap between transport alternatives available today and advance economic development alongside environmental stewardship. It will unleash the power of cost-effective flexible air routing and point-to-point capabilities for cargo. It will also introduce capability to reach austere environments and virtually any topographical place on the planet with lessened environmental impacts.