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MAAT Project – Multibody Advanced Airship for Transport – Develops Innovative High Altitude Airship

5th – 9th May: Project Meeting in Brussels Finalizes Concept for Innovative Transport System A visionary concept is moving ahead: VUB Vrije Universitet Brussel hosted the MAAT project team, which is close to finalizing its ideas for a completely new mode of transport, which may change the modes of passenger and freight transport tremendously. The project is realized

Faced with increasing energy costs and environmental impacts due to the use of fossile energies, it has become common sense all over the world to demand for CO2-free, energy-sufficient and sustainable modes of transport. The MAAT project team has intensively been working on a solution for these challenges in order to match demands on a global scale for innovative passenger and freight transport. Led by the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (UniMoRe), twelve teams from seven countries are working on the realization of this trend-setting project. MAAT can be considered unique because it is the first serious proposition for a high altitude passenger and freight carrying airship based on the future concept and realization of a green hydrogen economy. The airship system offers a completely new approach towards passenger and freight transport as it can exchange passengers and freight during flight operations. This grants a new perspective with regard to global freight transport, logistics supply chains may considerably be shortened. Although there are many significant challenges (technical, industrial, commercial and cultural), the MAAT concept is securely based on current theoretical and applied research as well as proven, but currently fragmented, technical solutions. The desired outcome will be based on its novel solutions (i.e. enabling technologies) in integrating the current research and state of the art technologies i.e. materials, solar energy harvesting and energy storage, energy conversion, control technologies, architectures and hydrogen safety. In terms of logistics, the system is ideal for long-planned, not time-critical contract logistics rather than for replacing traditional, high-speed air freight. The same applies to passenger transport, travelling will be a extremly comfortable and relaxing, due to cabin design. High altitude functioning makes system more effective on big distances due to the reduced air drag and enhanced photovoltaic energy. All these make MAAT project unique and it can possibly be the next breakthrough in the area of air transport. Two demonstrators for indoor and outdoor testing will be available at the end of 2014. The project ends in February 2015.   The MAAT Project Partners: 1. Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy) – Project Leader 2. Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal) 3. LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH (Germany) 4. The University of Hertfordshire Higher Education (UK) 5. Southern Federal University (Russia) 6. engys Ltd. (UK) 7. University of Lincoln (UK) 8. Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna (Italy) 9. eDL S.A. (Uruguay) 10. Aero Sekur S.p.A. (Italy) 11. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) 12. Politecnico di Torino (Italy) For technical questions please contact: For general questions please contact: Prof. Antonio Dumas Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Sede di Reggio Emilia Di.S.M.I. - Dipartimento di Scienza e Metodi dell'Ingegneria - http://www.dismi.unimore.it Padiglione Morselli - Via Amendola, 2 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy e-mail: antonio.dumas@unimore.it Direct Phone:+39.0522.522220 - Fax:+39.0522.522609 Trancossi Michele Ph.D. Ing. Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Sede di Reggio Emilia e-mail: michele.trancossi@unimore.it Direct Phone:+39.0522.522096 - Fax:+39.0522.522609 Lars Günsel LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH Breite Straße 7 Germany - 30159 Hannover Phone: ++49 – 511 – 35 77 92-23 e-mail: LG@LNC-Hannover.de www.LNC-Hannover.de

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