We aim to serve the lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft industry worldwide, helping to introduce new 21st Century types. ‘LTA aircraft’ is a general expression for the aerospace industry sector involved, covering types mainly dependent on aerostatic lift (buoyancy) to remain airborne.
- Free balloons – aerostats with a lower payload or passenger unit
- Tethered aerostats (Barrage Balloons, Joy Ride systems, Floating Screens and Elevators)
- Airships (Dirigible Balloon Systems) – Rigid, Semi-rigid and Non-rigid (Blimps)
- Hybrids – airships with wings, blown surfaces and/or an aerostat specially shaped as a lifting body for significant aerodynamic lift
- Luffships – new LTA aircraft based on designs by our founder
Light re-locatable structures (such as marquees) and fabric covered or inflated buildings (such as hangars or halls) provide compatible key ground facilities necessary for LTA operations. They also may be alternative products through lean periods and help to train people/gain expertise in fabric technology (needed to make airworthy aerostats).
About LTA Aircraft
For clarification of LTA aircraft terminology, see our glossary of LTA terms.
Our founder has an extensive library of lighter-than-air aircraft books and documents available. He also has a wide network of helpful experienced associates in the industry who we work with.
Luffships are a new opportunity with great potential in the 21st century that may be used in numerous ways for benefit, including: tourism, commuter operations, heavy airlift (for transport, construction, lift & movement purposes), surveillance, advertising, scientific research, broadcasting, exploration, search and rescue, relay (telemetry), forestry, geological survey, agricultural survey, atmospheric study, patrol and many other purposes.
Airships generally are grossly underutilised today! See the Background page for some circumstances of this.
However, Luffships address the issues to provide new better reliable ways, enabling things to be done that people only dream about at the moment. Types for applications such as aerial cranes to lift and place loads of say up to 1000 tonne or geostationary long endurance platforms remaining for months on station (needed by the telecommunications industry) are possible. Aerial cruisers providing pleasure flights also are possible and would be a great pull for the tourist industry.
As numerous aircraft show, HTA types have mainly reached their limits, are noisy and consume huge quantities of fuel that pollutes our atmosphere, which can’t go on indefinitely. On the other hand, airships have not really been exploited very much, despite operating in nicer ways. The world needs their capability and those who work to realise it can benefit.
Balloons (basic lighter-than-air types) were the first aircraft to carry people and still do in great numbers – that’s real success to leverage! Let’s not overlook these roots when leaping to higher goals. Instead, let’s grow from them in sustainable ways.