Pentagon Confirms Rigid-Hull Hybrid Air Vehicle Technology Demo Achieved Objectives

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The Defense Department spokeswoman confirmed that Aeros' Project Pelican was a success, having achieved its objectives while addressing some of the most significant development challenges facing heavy lift airships. This revelation was made in a recent Inside Defense article.

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A rigid, lightweight-composite external structure; a responsive low-speed/hover control system; and ground handling capabilities that allow operations without a ground handling crew.

The Defense Department spokeswoman confirmed that Aeros' Project Pelican was a success, having achieved its objectives while addressing some of the most significant development challenges facing heavy lift airships. This revelation was made in a recent Inside Defense article.

Highlights from the InsideDefense article published by Jordana Mishory on July 03, 2013 include:

The Pentagon has deemed a demonstration of a rigid-hull, variable-buoyancy hybrid air vehicle a "success," noting that the program designed to address some of the most significant challenges facing heavy lift airships has achieved its objectives. Project Pelican, a non-deployable airship technology demonstrator designed by Aeros, met its demonstration objectives in January within parameters accepted by the Pentagon and NASA, Defense Department spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea said in a July 2 email.

Project Pelican also demonstrated "a rigid, lightweight-composite external structure; a responsive low-speed/hover control system; and ground handling capabilities that allow operations without a ground handling crew," Elzea said.

About the Aeroscraft: An Aeroscraft is a new type of Rigid Variable Buoyancy Air Vehicle, designed to control lift in all stages of air or ground operations, including the ability to off-load heavy payloads without the need to re-ballast. For the first time in history, an aircraft has been designed to control and adjust buoyant and dynamic lift, creating a new paradigm for air transportation and logistics. Poised to enhance the air transportation industry, the Aeroscraft will deliver opportunities for business and consumers globally by access to remote locations and by new cargo delivery capabilities. The key features of the Aeroscraft include a rigid structure, vertical takeoff and landing, and operational abilities at low speed, in hover, and from unprepared surfaces. Learn more at http://www.aeroscraft.com.

About Aeros: In 1987 Igor Pasternak founded Aeros and advanced the company from a small advertising aerostat production manufacturer in the Ukraine to a premier airship producer and R&D firm for the aerospace industry based in the United States. Through their exceptional manufacturing quality, Aeros has achieved multiple FAA airship type certificates and operates with an FAA Production Certificate. Aeros currently boasts an extraordinary product line that includes the most advanced airships and tethered aerostats utilized in commercial and government applications throughout the world. For the past quarter century, Aeros has pioneered new product advancements in the aerospace defense technology sector, which has been a strong contributing factor in maintaining continuous corporate growth. The entire Aeros organization and the advisory board, comprised of military and commercial leaders, are dedicated to one goal of harnessing the exciting future and opportunities ahead. All Aeros team members are focused on meeting the rapidly rising demand for oversized cargo transportation solutions.

Aeros PR:                            
John Kiehle, Director of Communications            
(323) 201-8374 or john.kiehle(at)aeroscraft(dot)com

Eli Weiss, PR Associate
(323) 201-8373 or eli.weiss(at)aeroscraft(dot)com

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