Genuinely clean

Designed for zero carbon emissions and practical operations. From manufacture, through to end-of-life, the SkyLifter’s environmental impact has been carefully thought through. Every aspect is clever and in harmony with our environment.

Sustainable energy

SkyLifters use sun and wind energy to fly.

Sun

The upper surface of the aerostat is the perfect place for solar collectors.  SkyLifters can operate 100% solar powered or supplement with a combination of diesel/solar-electric.

Wind

Another major advantage of SkyLifters over their HTA cousins is that, as a routine flight practice and if conditions permit, SkyLifters will drift with the wind, effectively with thrust-off and using just a trickle of energy to power life-support, avionics and essential systems.

Fuel efficiency

Overall, their cost per tonne-kilometre will be exceptionally economic because fuel is essentially only used for propulsion, not for lifting, and therefore efficiency is similar to road transport rather than current air transport.

Land footprint

No new roads, rail lines or airports are needed to support SkyLifters, and in most cases not even a hangar.

No new infrastructure

The long flight endurance enables sites to be accessed without impacting the surrounding environment. Also, without the road, the environment is further protected from the general influx of people and their vehicles. Therefore, with minimal impact, SkyLifters will be ideal for supplying services to environmentally-sensitive areas.

No impact on existing infrastructure

In the longer term, reducing oversize trucking freight would reduce the cost of road maintenance and increase safety for other road users.

No noise pollution

Compared to other aircraft, SkyLifters will be reasonably quiet, so there likely will be minimal noise pollution for people and wildlife close to their flight paths.

Manufacture & Maintenance

Less manufacture and less maintenance  =  fewer emissions and less waste.

Together, the manufacture and maintenance of aircraft is usually the greatest cost of aircraft ownership and has a significant environmental impact. However, many of the materials and components used in SkyLifters is currently employed in other industries and, as such, the manufacturing and support efficiency has already been optimized. This existing knowledge helps us control our R&D costs and minimises further environmental impact.

For Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul activities (MRO), almost all of the aircraft systems are conveniently located in the pod and therefore will be readily accessible to the maintenance engineers. Hangars and other ground facilities are designed to be mobile and therefore SkyLifters require no permanent ground infrastructure or home base mooring; simply a reasonably flat secure area up to 3 times the diameter of the aircraft.

Get in touch

Jeremy Fitton

CEO of SkyLifter

+44 7932 888 008

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