Hybrid Airships introduce the next revolution in affordable transportation directly to the “point of need,” enabling tactical airlift, strategic airlift, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and ultra-persistence. Hybrid Airships offer large capacity transportation capability with significant fuel economy and reduced operating costs. They can operate from existing infrastructure or service remote “points of need” with austere infrastructure. Lockheed Martin is working with the commercial market to bring the first generation commercial Hybrid Airship to the market in 2014.
P-791 Hybrid Airship Demonstrator
In 2006, the prototype vehicle P-791 flew in Palmdale, Calif, successfully completing all flight test objectives. The two man proof-of-concept featured fully functional digital flight controls and an air cushion landing system (ACLS). The ACLS is a hovercraft-type landing gear that allows maneuverability in unimproved areas.