Two Workshops on the Future of Airships to be Held This Month

The conferences will be held in Friedrichshafen, Germany on April 26 and at the Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.

The conferences will be held in Friedrichshafen, Germany on April 26 and at the Keck Institute for Space Studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Friedrichshafen:

MAAT-headerOn the 26th April 2013, the MAAT Consortium (Multibody Advanced Airship for Transport) is organizing a workshop entitled “Cruiser/ feeder airship and innovative propulsion for greening the future EU transport”. The workshop will take place in the framework of the General Aviation fair AERO Friedrichshafen.

The workshop will debate topics related to airship advanced research:• High altitude hydrogen airship: the future of the green aeronautics
• Renewable Energy System for airships
• Cabins, Cargos, and Transfer systems: Docking in the Stratosphere
• MAAT control system
• Hydrogen in MAAT Project: Safety Measures
• Computer modeling and optimization methods in green air transport development
• ACHEON – thrust vectoring green propulsion system .
• CROP – Cycloidal Rotors for propulsion of future air-vehicles
• The Future of Air Transport – European Vision

The workshop is jointly organized with the MAAT-sister projects, namely CROP – Cycloidal Rotors for propulsion of future air-vehicles ( and ACHEON – Aerial Coanda High Efficiency Orienting-jet Nozzle ( The three projects are research breakthroughs and emerging technologies for radical new concepts in the air transport.

The workshop will be opened with a press conference aimed at informing about the challenges and the disruptive impact of these pioneering research projects.

The workshop will take place at the fairground of AERO Friedrichshafen 2013, Germany, Room Berlin, Conference Centre “East/Ost”.

For more information meet us and visit the MAAT stand from 24. – 27. April at AERO Friedrichshafen, Hall B3, Stand 415.

For workshop registration or to arrange a meeting with the MAAT Consortium at our stand, please, send an email to:

Pasadena, California:


Airships: A New Horizon for Science

Team Leads:  Jason Rhodes, Lynne Hillenbrand, Robert Fesen and Sarah Holmes Miller

Opening Workshop (April 30-May 3, 2013)

In recent years, aerospace has seen a revival in airship technology. As of yet, scientists have not capitalized on what could be an ideal platform for various types of instruments with a wide variety of key science goals. We propose to gather experts in science and industry, including earth and atmospheric scientists, optical and infra-red observers in both planetary science and astrophysics, terahertz and millimeter observers, gravitational wave instrumentalists, as well as current airship technology experts, e.g., representatives from Near Space Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and the Southwest Research Institute, in order to explore how science can best utilize the new airship platforms.

Specifically we aim to:

  1. Inform scientists of the capabilities of airship vehicles as instrumental platforms, as well as discuss how this technology could be expanded and improved to better accommodate science instrumentation requirements.
  2. Identify science observational/experimental projects that are uniquely addressed by airship vehicles, and determine which of these science goals could be simultaneously accommodated in one platform.
  3. Construct pilot (multi-)science project concepts for each viable airship platform, including how projects would be funded, managed/operated, and maintained as a coordinated effort between academia, agencies, and industry.

By opening up the sky and Earth’s horizon in affordable ways with long-term flexibility, complementing the great space observatories and high-altitude balloon science, we can continue to push technology and science forward in a project rich environment.

 Click here to see the Workshop Agenda

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