Setback Won’t Hinder Aeroscraft Fleet Development Efforts, Explains Aeros’ CEO Igor Pasternak

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Structural Roof Elements from WWII Era Hangar Collapsed Yesterday, Causing No Injuries

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“This won’t stop us, and we’ll continue to move forward full speed on fleet development plans for the 66-ton and 250-ton cargo capacity Aeroscraft to provide vertical air delivery of cargo around the world,” remarks Igor Pasternak.

Yesterday morning, emergency personnel responded to a partial roof collapse at Airship Hangar 1, located on a former Marine base in Orange County, just before 8:00 am. A 25’ x 25’ foot hole in the structure’s roof collapsed for unknown reasons. The incident caused no injuries to personnel but inflicted damage to the tail end of the Aeroscraft engineering demonstration vehicle housed within the hangar.

Building 28 (Airship Hangar 1) is designated as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. It was used originally during World War II to house aircraft and airships utilized for maritime patrol of the West Coast and Pacific Theater, and has been used more recently to house the advanced prototype for a new cargo dirigible known as an Aeroscraft. The building has an adjacent ‘sister’ structure on the property (Bldg. 29; Airship Hangar 2).

“We’re very fortunate and grateful no one was injured by the roof collapse, and that the vehicle has been successfully tested and flown providing our engineers and flight operations team with useful insights and data for nearly a year,” further explains John Kiehle, Director of Communications at Aeros.

“Our initial visual estimates show that the vehicle is potentially repairable; however, we won’t be able to send in our team for further evaluation until the area is deemed safe for entry,” comments Igor Pasternak, CEO of Aeros. “This won’t stop us, and we’ll continue to move forward full speed on fleet development plans for the 66-ton and 250-ton cargo capacity Aeroscraft to provide vertical air delivery of cargo around the world.”    

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 global air transportation and logistics. Poised to enhance the air transportation industry, the Aeroscraft will deliver opportunities for business and consumers globally through access to remote locations and by new VTOL 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.

The Aeroscraft Solution: The Aeroscraft vehicle is a vertical logistical solution to many of the difficulties facing the cargo world today, and is poised to disrupt the current hub-and-spoke distributional model characterized by intermodal cargo transfers and distribution delays. The benefits of the Aeroscraft are expected to be globally transformational and significant to humanity. The Aeroscraft fleet will introduce global point-to-point air cargo delivery services for oversized and overweight project cargos, as well as general cargo, with capability to deliver to virtually any topographical location in under 72 hours. The network of globally positioned Aeroscraft vehicles will help take the chain out of the current supply chain while providing Aeros’ clients unlimited transcontinental reach.

About Aeros: Aeros was founded in 1987, and the company has grown from a small advertising aerostat production manufacturer overseas to a premier U.S-based airship producer and R&D firm for the aerospace industry. Today Aeros is the most innovative FAA certified LTA manufacturer completing exciting work on a new type of air vehicle called an Aeroscraft that combines many of the attributes and benefits of fixed-wing (airplanes), rotary (helicopter) and traditional lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft. 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.

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