Empyreal Galaxy aims at designing airships to offer a leap forward in efficiency, reliability, durability and safety. Combining the technology that existed centuries ago with the latest advances in materials science, avionics, controls and computer assisted design, we endeavour towards designing airships taking following features into consideration:
Use of aluminium and carbon fibre for envelope – lightweight, strong, solid and proven
Innovative buoyancy system – inspired by buoyancy system of submarines (following the same technology, but with air instead of water)
Combination of helium and hydrogen gas for generating lift
No requirement of ground crews or runways, allowing it to fly to a roadless region of a desolate area
Burning 80 to 90% less fuel than equivalent aircraft
Costs 80 to 90% less than equivalent payload aircraft to purchase and operate
Rivals in cost with truck or rail
Ability to operate in extreme weather conditions
At least 40 years working life expected – No helium loss during normal operations
The first generation of our airships will be powered by standard aero engines and generators. But the rigid aluminium exterior offers the potential for power to be supplied by solar PV/battery units on later models.
Airships generally conjure up two images – the Hindenburg in flames or a Goodyear blimp used for advertising. Not readily appreciated are the rich histories and applications of airship technology.
Most of the current airship activity focuses on using airships in areas such as TV filming and advertising, sightseeing, leisure flights and scientific studies. We at Empyreal Galaxy strongly believe that airships should break out of this limited role and contribute to other range of areas of potential application which would have a greater positive impact on the lives of people.
So our initial focus is to build small size airships with a payload capacity of 15 to 20 tonnes, working in the areas of humanitarian relief and remote supply, gradually progressing towards greater capacities and wider applications including services to military, usage in mining, transport of heavy cargo and connecting geographies across the world for transport of goods.