Helium-filled airplane could help aid disaster areas

An article I wrote for Electronic Products.

Hybrid ESTOLAS combines aspects of a plane, helicopter, blimp and hovercraft

An airplane-helicopter-blimp-hovercraft hybrid filled with helium may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but this aircraft may be the best solution to quickly get emergency supplies to disaster zones where roads and runways may be non-existent or completely demolished.


The hybrid ESTOLAS aircraft. Image via NewScientist.

The odd looking pot-bellied plane is currently undergoing feasibility tests in the European Commission’s Extremely Short Take Off and Landing On any Surface (ESTOLAS) project. Read More