aether experience: a luxury cruise airship concept by mac byers aether experience: a luxury cruise airship concept by mac byers
jun 27, 2013

aether experience: a luxury cruise airship concept by mac byers

aether experience: a luxury cruise airship concept by mac byers



based on an airship platform, the ‘aether’ cruise experience by UK-based designer mac byers allows guests to experience a wider range of destinations in a shorter time, all the while enjoying some of the greatest views imaginable. the exterior of the vehicle is conceived to look unlike any airship ever produced – removing notions of danger, like the hindenburg disaster in 1937 . the concept visually communicates a new generation airship that is not only safe but clean, influenced by the thunderbird 2, star wars and the NASA space shuttle. drawing reference from suspension bridge cables, the lobby integrates structural cords for details like stairways and tables. the interior space has been designed to be as open as possible – encouraging social interaction and providing a communal gathering place for users to meet.



aether exterior view



aether exterior in the sky



aether bedroom overview



aether bedroom looking out into the clouds



aether bedroom wardrobe






lobby looking out into the clouds



lobby and gathering area



lobby overview

  • That looks very sexy! The pilots would probably also be situated in the part where the passengers are just because of the special structural properties of an airship. And the hull for the gas would need to be probably ten times larger in volume. But it just looks good like this đŸ˜‰

    oi says:
  • Lovely concept but no chance it will fly with those props đŸ™‚

    D_spaniard says:
  • It looks really amazing, very nice design…

    luisEfe80 says:
  • @D_spaniard it’s an airship, it doesn’t fly because of its propellers but because of gas is lighter than air.

    Sebastian says:
  • Beam me up scotty!

    Ro says:
  • Come on … such a study is not more than burning money. The simpliest physics are fully ignored here, starting with that minimum of volume for the “gas” that is neede to lift this thing up, over to the nice looking but totally useless propellers, and in the ending the ignoring of lightweight-materials … sorry, nice to look at but there is a sense of why airships of today and yesterday look like they do.

    carlos says:
  • You are all saying that it won’t fly. Yes, maybe as it looks now it actually won’t fly, but don’t forget, that it is a concept.

    The volume maybe looks less than necessary, but unless you know the weight of the cabin and envelope, you will never be able to estimate what volume of buoyant gas will be required. Old airships were made of aircraft grade aluminium. This one can be made of carbon fibre material and I had an opportunity recently to compare the truss made of duraluminium and of carbon fibre. The latter is several times lighter, but as stronger( or maybe even more). So, maybe the volume should be increased but not that much. Especially remembering that it is supposed to fly on low altitudes.

    The propellers shown are only for control and not for propulsion. And believe me, it is more than enough for controlling the airship. I suspect, that the main thruster(s) will be made in a form of airjets (or maybe they will put one or several propellers or fans in the back below the tail.

    The conventional (Zeppelin) shape is not that good. It is very sensitive to the sidewinds and its manoeuvrability is not very good. This shape though can actually work.

    The main question though is the economic viability of this thing. What will be the source of energy? How efficient it will be and how much it will cost to build and maintain, etc…

    Vitaly says:
  • Sign me up – I love it !

    John Whitaker says:
  • Hey, this is simply a styling exersize but a few of the technical details are as follows.

    The vehicle is a heavier than air airship. Meaning the Helium envelope is not big enough to be the primary source of lift. The lift is instead provided by both the propellers and lift engines situated underneith the wings. Once the vehicle has enough forward motion, the shape of the body takes over providing lift. The volume of the main chamber would mean this vehicle (due to rough calculations) would have a Helium only lift of around 100 tonnes.

    Very glad to see that this concept has been so well received!!! So thanks everyone!

    Mac Byers says:
  • I am very interested in such a hybrid airship design. Would encourage considering solar panels – fuel cells approach to power fans. Have desire to be part of an effort to have a vehicle like this cruising the Columbia river gorge between Washington and Oregon – flying from Pendleton (underused airport) to Astoria and points in between. Potential draw for scenery alone is immense. Include a chef as part of crew and local wineries would likely help sponsor cruise line. Low altitude fine. Winds nasty at times in gorge – weather planning very important. Very interested in design details – materials, buoyancy controls, if needed – required runway length. Would prefer to build here in Pendleton, Oregon if we can get backing.

    Frank Erickson, MD says:

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