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Multibody Advanced Airship for Transport

Objective

"The MAAT project aims to investigate aerial transportation possibility by airship based cruiser-feeder system. MAAT is composed by tree modules :
- the cruiser, named PTAH, (acronym of Photovoltaic Transport Aerial High altitude system);
- the feeder, named ATEN (Aerial Transport Elevator Network feeder), is a VTOL system (Vertical Take Off and Landing) which ensure the connection between the cruiser and the ground;
- the vertical airport hub, named AHA (Airport Hub for Airship feeders).
The feeder can lift up and down by the control of buoyancy force and displace horizontally to join to cruiser.
The project aims to:
1. identify and design the best type of propulsion for the PTAH, a discoid innovative airship able to remain airborne for long periods and to travel great distances, in order to reduce the environmental impact against the present sys-tem, as fuel consumption is null, both cruiser and feeder are energetically autonomous by photovoltaic energy and innovative electric propulsion.
2. study the different possible ways of approaching and joining between ATEN and PTAH, and consequently, the re-lease of ATEN from PTAH.
3. design the best procedure of docking operations thus identified in order to obtain the minimum disruption to pas-sengers and the maximum safety for themselves and for goods
4. study the different architectures of PTAH and Athens, in such a way that :
5. the lift up capacity guaranteed by the buoyancy force, may be accompanied by the power of the engines;
6. effective and safe procedures for docking;
7. ATEN can land and take off from Airport Hubs named AHA located in major populated centres
8. PTAH satisfies the better possible aerodynamic performances possible for the dimensions and the operative mis-sion.
To study the transfer operations between ATEN and PTAH of goods and people and vice versa, to:
• minimize distress conditions for passengers,
• maximize performances especially for goods;
• enhance safety of these operations to maximum possible level.
The objectives described are congruent with each other and to achieve this the study of the system and components must be highly structured."

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 825 039,20
Administrative Contact
Eugenio Dragoni (Prof.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 327 750
Address
Convento De Santo Antonio
6201 001 Covilha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dina Pereira (Ms.)
LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 183 960
Address
Breite Strasse 7
30159 Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lars Günsel (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 277 000
Address
College Lane
AL10 9AB Hatfield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Gibbs (Mr.)
SOUTHERN FEDERAL UNIVERSITY
Russia
EU contribution
€ 315 500
Address
Bolshaya Sadovaya 105
344006 Rostov On Don
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vyacheslav Pshikhopov (Prof.)
ENGYS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 272 750,80
Address
The Green 1
TW9 1PL Richmond Surrey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Campos (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 357 750
Address
Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Stewart (Prof.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 122 000
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franco Persiani (Prof.)
EDL S.A.
Uruguay
EU contribution
€ 262 750
Address
Boulevard España 2300
11300 Montevideo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Gaviraghi (Dr.)
ARESCOSMO S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 278 000
Address
Via Delle Valli 46
04011 Aprilia Lt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lorenzo Fiore (Mr.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 387 000
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nik Claesen (Mr.)
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 157 500
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emilio Cafaro (Prof.)