Clever Design

SkyLifters were conceived using proven lighter-than-air (LTA) principles and established aircraft operational practices. They are a new type of airship with a different shape, designed to be omni-directional; effectively with no front, back or sides.

Flight stability is achieved by placing the centre-of-gravity sufficient distance below the centre-of-buoyancy, making the aircraft bottom-heavy and fly upright.

Geo-stationary (hover) stability is achieved through the omni-directional design and concept of operation. The wind-facing profile of the SkyLifter is the same in all directions, so changes in wind direction need only be managed by inputs from the omni-directional thrusters.

If you would like to know more about buoyancy systems and load exchange, please contact us.

Below are photographs of some R&D.

Lab tests

Building lab-size models to test theories


Full-size manufacture and handling testing. Lots of learning.

SkyLifter arrangement (aircraft Type)

SkyLifter aircraft share a common arrangement of a gas-filled lenticular-shaped aerostat (enabling buoyancy to float) and an underslung pod. The pod position helps with stability and incorporates habitable areas as well as the main aircraft systems for power, control and communication.

The aircraft feature propellers for thrust and, if desired, the aircraft may float endlessly without power. Therefore, with minimal cost, the flight endurance is exceptional.

The design cleverly integrates already proven systems with SkyLifter’s own innovations. We have been careful to keep things as simple as possible without compromising performance and safety.

The simplicity of the design arrangement may seem obvious, but it has taken many years of hard work and investment to create the overall package. Our intention is to enable practical and cost-effective turnkey solutions for various markets.

Symmetrical discus-shaped (lenticular) aerostat (a 'flattened' balloon).

The omni-directional shape avoids the need for SkyLifters to turn and face into wind, greatly simplifying the handling process for disposable payloads.

Even distribution of payload

External, regular-spaced suspension lines avoid the need to build heavy and complex internal support structures, thereby lowering the cost of MRO, and helping to stabilise the aircraft.

Propulsion and directional control system

Propellers provide almost instant vectored thrust to any 360-degree direction. These supplement the natural passive stability arrangement with an active automated dampening control.


SkyLifters are not designed to fly as fast as jets or rotor-craft. We are not competing with fast-transit operations. At around 40 knots (80kmph) a SkyLifter is used for non-time-sensitive applications, of which there are many.

And SkyLifters have a low demand for ground infrastructure and therefore can operate in rural areas. With low maintenance requirements (especially when compared to helicopters), the operational utilisation rate is high. In other words, more time spent flying and earning revenue, with less time being serviced on the ground.

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