The ESTOLAS combines features of a plane, helicopter, hovercraft and airship in one aircraft
The ESTOLAS features a disc-shaped main body that can be filled with helium to provide additional lift
The ESTOLAS features a rotor in its body that provides additional lift
A hovercraft-like skirt allows the ESTOLAS to takeoff and land on a variety of natural surfaces
The ESTOLAS could be used to deliver aid to disaster areas
As evidenced by ongoing efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, getting aid and support personnel in and victims out of disaster-stricken areas is a major problem when infrastructure such as runways has been rendered unusable. A new aircraft concept combining features of an airship, plane, helicopter and hovercraft that is being developed as part of the European Commission's Extremely Short Take Off and Landing On any Surface (ESTOLAS) project could help address the problem.
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