Airship fabric development

Arville have worked as a key partner in the development of a specialist material used to construct the outer-shell of a new type of lighter-than-air vehicle.

Under a project funded by Innovate-UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, and bringing together SME’s, High Value Manufacturing Catapults and Academia, the ultra-long-endurance aeroplane uses the concept of variable-buoyancy propulsion that has been exploited previously for underwater remotely-operated-vehicles (ROVs) but has never before been used successfully for the propulsion of a large-scale aircraft.

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