Airships Are Making a Comeback in Russia

DCF 1.0Sources: The Moscow News and RosAeroSystems

Blimps are making a comeback in Russia as more and more are being built for many purposes to include tourism, gathering weather information, as well as being used in the film industry.

Join The Moscow News in this video to get a closer look at a slow moving monster in the sky as it gets prepared to set sail for MAKS-2013 international air show outside Moscow.

RosAeroSystems will be showing its Au-30 Multifunctional Airship at the MAKS-2013 International Air Show.

Kirzhach3The multipurpose airship Au 30 is designed for long-term flights including low altitude and low speed. The airship can be applied for visual control and patrolling, pipelines and electrical lines control de-mining operations and aerial spraying, photo and video filming, elite tourism, rescue operations, advertising campaign, etc.

The main engineering improvements made to the AU-30 airship have been in structure, allowing both vertical and short run take-off and landing; no helium consumption in flight, a thrust vectoring system, cutting-edge materials and equipment applications. A modern fabric-film material is utilized for the envelopes.

au30rainThe AU-30 is a new generation airship. The instrumentation allows the Au-30 to make prolonged day or the night flights with maximum crew comfort. The unique autopilot system is capable of high-precision guiding along preset routes. The great fuel-weight ratio, along with the high-efficiency power plants makes record-range flights possible. The airship features greater maneuverability than other airships of the same class thanks to the cross-thrust, reverse thrust and thrust vectoring, particularly at low velocities.

Currently Russian and international certification are being processed.

Presentation of the “Kirzhach” airship airfield

On August 8, 2013 the only airship airfield in Russia was presented in the city of Kirzhach (in the Vladimir region; about 150 km – 90 miles NE of Moscow).

Kirzhach1Augur Aeronautical Centre Inc. presented the restored aeronautical base, which was built in the beginning of the last decade. Unfortunately, after the financial crisis of 2008, the base was abandoned, part of the equipment was looted and some fell into disrepair due to the elements and improper storage conditions. Augur Aeronautical Centre specialists rebuilt the base and one of the AU-30 airships.


The Au 30 Technical Data
Envelope volume, cu.m 5065
including air ballonets, cu.m 1266
Length/diameter ratio 4,0
Diameter, m 13,5
Length, m 54,0
Min. hangar size (inside), m. 66x20x19
Construction height, m . 17,5
Payload, kg . 1500
Max. takeoff weight, kg .  4850
Cruising speed, km/h 40…80
Max. speed, km/h . 110
Power plant 2 x piston engineLom – Praha M332Ñ
Power, HP 2×170
Flight endurance: at cruising speed, hrs 24
Flight endurance: at max. speed, hrs 5
Flight range at cruising speed, km 1600
Change-of-location flight range, km 3000
Max. altitude, m 2500
Working altitude, m . up to 1500
Crew up to 2
Ground crew 4-6

In the future, Augur plans to further develop and test innovative technologies to improve these airships and develop new concepts.

Sources: The Moscow News and RosAeroSystems

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