TEHRAN, Nov. 13 (Mehr News Agency) - It flies like a ship, moves like a plane and takes off and lands like a hot-air balloon. The hybrid flying object called ABS, air balloon ship, is not a Zeppelin but it carries helium and is equipped with four engines. Standing 20 meters long, the flying machine may easily hover at 3,000 meters above the sea level and reach the top speed of 100 km/s, said Reza Kahuli, who was awarded as the world outstanding young inventor at 2006 British Inventors Society (October 18-21).
The initial design may carry 20 passengers and the capacity could be extended to 200, he elaborated, adding a prototype is expected to be built in two months if the nation's authorities cooperate and offer due supports. "The city of Tabriz, northwest Iran, may celebrate the inauguration flight in March," the young man hoped for.
The trial version, at 330.2 kg, is capable of carrying 220.4 kg of load and the production cost seems to be 50% less than the similar types manufactured around the world.
The ABS does not need a runway and it can be used for aerial command lift during war or natural disasters. The unique design of the wings allows vertical landing and renders ABS a safe crossbreed to surf the air.
Reza Kahuli, 18, is a student of mechanical engineering at Tabriz University. He is known for 16 inventions in various domains, the most important of which is the new method he has invented for cloud impregnation, winning him BIS 2005 first prize.
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