Unlike other airships in development, the Aeroscraft is the only air vehicle designed with COSH (or the control of static heaviness) and internal ballast system that allows the unique operation of the vehicle's buoyancy to be a heavier-than-air vehicle during ground operations or lighter-than-air during flight.
The ML 866 Aeroscraft has a cruise speed of approximately 100-120 knots, while the operational altitude (ceiling) is at 12,000ft; additionally it can go up to 18,000ft (and over) without reduction of payload (66T).The Aeroscraft will be capable of a maximum flight range of 3800 nautical miles for the ML 866 vehicle, while the future advanced models of the 200 and 500 tons Aeroscrafts will fly 5100 nm. The Aeroscraft is also ecological and uses one-third less fuel than conventional cargo-carrying jets, offering a noiseless and low pollution operation.
Aeros has now completed the successful testing of the Aeroscraft proof-of-design technology demonstrator and met all of the design targets set by partners at the DoD, NASA and DARPA. The completed testing schedule proves the scalable vertical takeoff and landing technology of a full-scale Aeroscraft that can be deployed globally for the heavy-lift operations and massive-cargo construction and transportation projects.