Rowan Geddes is an Australian aerospace engineer (RMIT) who is currently the Lead Propulsion Engineer on the HAV Airlander 10 project and was the Test Conductor for the recent first flight. He also worked with HAV on the US Army LEMV project which flew in 2012.
This presentation will describe the design and development of the Airlander; the largest, most innovative and greenest aircraft in the world today, including market opportunities and potential market size. Airlander’s unique and innovative design combines aerostatics, aerodynamics and vectored thrust to provide unparalleled flexibility, capability and fuel economy. The Airlander has the ability to carry extremely large payloads and take-off and land from any flat surface including grass, desert, ice and water. The endurance is measured in weeks and it can fly at over 100 mph. The HAV Airlander concept has been many years in the making with a dedicated team of engineers and supporters in a period where Lighter-Than-Air technology had all but been relegated to the history of aviation.