Impact of Natural calamities
Our Airships would solve the problem of difficult logistics and disconnected routes by ensuring timely supply of food, medicines, blood packets and other emergency items which can save thousands of lives in the event of crisis
Our Airships would also contribute to lowering the transport sector’s carbon emissions and increase the feasibility of a 100% sustainable world
Connecting Remote Areas
Roads are the dominant mode of transportation in India today. They carry almost 85 percent of the country's passenger traffic and more than 60 percent of its freight. However, most roads in India are narrow and congested with poor surface quality. Rural areas have poor access. Some 33 percent of India's villages do not have access to all-weather roads and remain cut off during the monsoon season. The problem is more acute in India's northern and north eastern states which are poorly linked to the country's major economic centres.
The infrastructural difficulties are obvious in Canada's frozen north, China's western frontier, remote parts of Africa, Asia and South America, where highways don't exist.
The advantage of using airships in remote areas with little road infrastructure to support development is therefore clear. One of the main goals of Empyreal Galaxy is a commercial cargo craft delivering consumables to remote areas. Our initial models would carry payloads of about 20 tonnes, gradually moving towards higher capacity loads.
The annual ICRC World Disaster Report suggests that the new population affected by conflict or natural disasters fluctuates at around 500,000 a year. However, because the disaster recovery process takes years to complete, the global affected community numbers several million people at any point in time. The transportation of food and relief items continues to pose a challenge due to road inaccessibility and poor weather conditions in areas affected by natural calamities.
At Empyreal Galaxy, our endeavour is to support victims affected due to such disasters and make help available to them as fast as possible. Our airships would quickly deliver many tonnes of food and medical or emergency supplies to zones affected by natural disasters.
Currently, aircraft are used in specialist roles in emergency relief, but the need for runways and associated technology imposes limits on their use. Airships require only minimal infrastructure support at the point of delivery. We are working towards designing rigid airships which wouldn't require runways and would have the capability to land on any surface, thus ensuring maximum reach to people without facing infrastructure barriers. Also, having drones on board will make the process simpler and faster.
Energy conservation & environment protection
The transport sector is responsible for around 25% of global CO2 emissions caused by humans. Of these emissions, 3% come from cargo ships, but this figure is expected to increase by between 50% and 250% until 2050. These projections necessitate finding new approaches to transporting cargo with a lower demand for energy and lower CO2 emissions.
Airships emit considerably less Green-House Gases (GHG) than heavier-than-air vehicles for a given distance of travel because of the static lift provided by the lifting gas. They produce 80 to 90 percent fewer emissions than conventional aircraft. They also fly at the lower altitude of 4,000 feet instead of 35,000 feet, which means their water vapour trails contribute almost nothing to global warming. Given the UN's leadership in global climate issues and India actively participating towards addressing these issues, such reduced GHG impacts are not a small consideration.
The fuel consumption of airships generally are much lower than those of HTA aircraft of comparative lift capacity, which equates to lower operational and freightage costs. Also, we at Empyreal Galaxy intend to use biodiesel and used cooking oil to fuel our ships so as to ensure that fossil CO2 does not enter into atmosphere.