The Aeolus: sustainable airship travel design

   Posted by: ermyntrude   in Culture, Technology



Further to the always excellent topic of unusual airships, currently doing the rounds of every environmentally-oriented blog and many more besides (including the venerable William Gibson) is this wonderful creation of Christopher Ottersbach, Aeolus, for his diploma project at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (University of Art) in Braunschweig, Germany. A unique and stunningly organic airship design, the Aeolus is powered by two to four passengers who can guide the direction and travel for up to two weeks on one load of helium, treading lightly upon the environment.

With determined ferretting I’ve managed to find the nominal website for the project here, and some CAD designs and some 3D foam imaging created for the Aeolus I’ve not seen linked anywhere. Looks like we don’t have this beautiful creature in our skies just yet, but Germany is the home of airship technology, so perhaps it’s not too far off the horizon.

More of the lovely concept  images sourced from Tuvie below.

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One comment

David Cake

The idea of one of these floating above the Central Australian desert fills me with a profound joy.

January 19th, 2009 at 2:20 pm