Sunday June 21 2009 / Science & Technology - Art & Design
Manned Cloud is a flying hotel proposed by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, who has been working on the project since 2005.
Manned Cloud is an alternative project around leisure and travelling in all its form, economic and experimental, still with the idea of lightness, human experience and life scenarios as the guiding principles. The spiral of Archimedes is the driving force of this airship in the form of a whale that glides through the air.
The airship, developed with French national aerospace research body ONERA, will be able to accommodate 40 guests and have a range of 5,000 km. Cruising speed is anticipated to be 130 km/h with a top speed of 170 km/h. The two-deck cabin will contain amenities including a restaurant, a library, a fitness suite and a spa. There will also be a sun deck on top of the double helium-filled envelopes.
The scientific partner of the project, ONERA, has begun research and analysis into the feasibility of the project.
We hope that this graceful and enviromentally friendly alternative form of transport will be floating quitely in our skies in the not too distant future.
Massaud was voted 'Designer of the year 2009' by Now! Design à vivre.
For more information please visit www.massaud.com