Flying hotels Video of the day

British designers are aiming to bring back the age of luxury air travel. With an ultra-modern, environmentally friendly take on the zeppelins of the early 20th century, these gigantic flying hotels could send travelers soaring quietly – and comfortably – to destinations around the world

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  1. This is a lampoon, not a proposal.
    LTA and combined lifting-gas-assisted/aerodyne craft can come back, when the market decides to make them, or allow them. Cartoons like this don't really help.
    See the Aereon company Dynairship which can be thousand + tons payload, though it may not hover while loaded, if at all. Since it always puts a lot f weight on the ground while landed, it's not nearly as vulnerable to weather as hovering LTA craft are (weather and ground handling problems caused the loss of most of the old airships) A Dynairship might get aloft at a LTA top speed, and go possibly 200+kts.

  2. This design is a classic example of putting form over function.  It would take a crapload of volume to lift the kind of hardware they are showing in this video, yet they have chosen an inefficient envelope design with a very poor volume capacity, not to mention a complete inability to propel itself through any wind.  Even the Hindenburg couldn't lift the kind of furnishings they are showing in this video, yet it had vastly more lifting capacity.  No investor is going to get anywhere NEAR this project.

  3. Hydrogen is flammable, but it needs oxygen to burn, and needs to be mixed at the right ratio to be explosive. The Hindenburg also had flammable skin, and so could open up and let more hydrogen out as it burned. Today we can use tougher and more heat proof layers(eg areogels). We can segment cells to make it more difficult for fire to travel. We could pump gasses into a burning cell that makes it harder for the oxygen and hydrogen to meet. We have so many ways to make it safer now.

  4. Zeppelins had 37 years without a fatality until the Hindenburg (a few others followed soon after). Considering they regularly made trans-Atlantic crossings, Polar expeditions, world circumnavigations… before planes even made it across the Atlantic (and planes had a much much worse safety record to boot), I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss it.

  5. @mookins45 One could say, it will be just like Cruise Line and in theory that's true. As a flying hotel, it's covered under completely different regulations. Operating in the sea of air is similar yet vastly different to the sea of water. Look back to the U.S. Zeppelins that were used by the Navy in the 1930's, they used helium. With new technologies some of those hazards could be avoided but the manufacturer will need to prove everything works well beyond the controlling agencies expectations.

  6. @mookins45 Also, from an insurance standpoint and product liability. The lawyers FAA, NTSB and DOT would have a field day with this if there was an accident or incident. Could it even be insured ? In the 1920's and 30's no one thought of these things, nobody sued anyone, but in the 21st century things are a bit different. Can you imagine if the " Hotel " had a stability problem and someone fell down a flight of stairs or spilled a bit of coffee on themselves ?

  7. @mookins45 Perhaps. I love everything having to do with aviation and new and aviation technologies. The vision of developing something like this is wonderful and I support it. I just know how the FAA and the DOT operate, at least here in the USA. The video shows the concept which is a good start. Maybe the next video they will show a more technical aspect. Main systems such as controllability, back up systems, safety considerations, etc. I wonder how wind currents and weather will affect it.

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