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A novel concept of an extremely short take off and landing all-surface (ESTOLAS) hybrid aircraft: from a light passenger aircraft to a very high payload cargo/passenger version

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308968

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2012

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 718 516

  • EU contribution

    € 583 243

Coordinated by:

RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE

Latvia

Objective

"The concept of the project is to develop and validate the conceptual design of a hybrid aircraft – a flying device combining the best qualities of an airship, a plane, a helicopter and a hovercraft. Such hybrid aircraft constitutes a completely novel type of an aircraft – extremely short take off and landing on any surface (ESTOLAS). ESTOLAS aircraft will have the following major advantages compared to the existing air vehicles. This aircraft is a mixed type ""flying wing"", the basic part of which is the diskshaped centerplane. In general it serves as a receptacle of elevating gas (helium). In the channel of its center there are a jacking system and a cargo cabin and on the edges there are a pilot-passenger cabin, cantilevered wings and a tail. The combined takeoff and landing device is placed underneath: wheel and ski bearers and air cushioned landing gear. Three principles of creating the lifting force: aerostatic, aerodynamic and jet, used on this aircraft, possibility of landing on an all-terrain flat surface, airflow over the systems of control and stabilization generated by the powerplant's propellers, rather low specific loading on bearing surfaces with simultaneous use of modern aviation control systems and navigation allow to achieve high reliability and safety of operation."
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Coordinator

RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE

Address

Kalku Iela 1
1658 Riga

Latvia

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 246 405

Administrative Contact

Alexander Gamaleyev (Mr.)

Participants (3)

QUALITYPARK AVIATIONCENTER GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 80 400

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 108 208

AGENTUR KRONSTADT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 148 230

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308968

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2012

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 718 516

  • EU contribution

    € 583 243

Coordinated by:

RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE

Latvia

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