Atlas LTA (Lighter Than Air) has big plans for the future of helium-filled airships, which the company believes are ideal for enhanced areal tourism, as well as for transporting heavy loads of freight, especially to otherwise inaccessible locations. Atlas CEO Gennadiy Verba launched the business (then called RosAeroSystems) in his native Russia and moved the operation to the Israeli town of Rosh HaAyin in 2016.
Quote: “They’re ‘airships’ now and, unlike the Hindenburg — which devastated a watching world when it caught on fire in 1937 in a field in New Jersey — modern airships get their lift from helium, a non-flammable gas, rather than the highly combustible hydrogen of yesteryear.” | “Atlas 11 — a luxurious ‘flying yacht’ that will compete with helicopter tours. With floor-to-ceiling windows, comfy seats and enough room to stand up and walk around, the Atlas 11 can hold 17 or 24 passengers, depending on configuration, plus two crewmembers. The smaller Atlas 6 seats eight.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), AtlasLTA.com (introduction), Israel21c.org (quotations)
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