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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."
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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)

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UNIVERSIDADE DA BEIRA INTERIOR

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 327 750

LogisticNetwork Consultants GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 183 960

THE UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 277 000

SOUTHERN FEDERAL UNIVERSITY

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 315 500

ENGYS LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 272 750,80

UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 357 750

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 122 000

EDL S.A.

Uruguay

EU Contribution

€ 262 750

ARESCOSMO S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 278 000

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 387 000

POLITECNICO DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 157 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 285602

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2011

  • End date

    28 February 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 071 720,77

  • EU contribution

    € 3 767 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA

Italy