Manned Cloud by Jean-Marie Massaud

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Here's another designer dirigible: Manned Cloud is a flying hotel proposed by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

The whale-shaped airship, developed with French national aerospace research body ONERA, will be able to accommodate 40 guests and have a range of 5,000 km.

Manned Cloud will have a cruising speed of 130 km/h and a top speed of 170 km/h. Two 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.

More on airships in our earlier stories on the Strato Cruiser "lifestyle Zeppelin" and the Aeroscraft ML866 hybrid aircraft.

Here are the details from Massaud:

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MANNED CLOUD Cruise Airship, Paris, France

Living in the sky, watching the Earth from above. Rediscovering the marvel of traveling, experiencing contemplation. Exploring the world without trace

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.

Manned Cloud is a hotel with a capacity of 40 passengers and staffed with 15 persons, that on a 3-day cruise in 170 km/h permits man to explore the world without a trace: to re-experience travelling, timelessness and enhance the consciousness of the beauty of the world - and to experience spectacular and exotic places without being intrusive or exploitative. For me this project sums up a way of thinking that is the stake of tomorrow.

Technical characteristics:

Capacity: 40 passengers + 15 crew members

Volume: 520.000 m3

Dimensions: L 210m x W 82m x H 52 m

First deck (500 m2) : Restaurant, lounge, library, fitness

Second deck (600 m2) : 20 rooms, terraces, spa, bar

Range : 5000 km / 72 h.

Maximum speed: 170 km/h

Cruising speed: 130 km/h

Scientific partnership and project development

ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherche Aérospatiale)

As the scientific partner of the project, the ONERA has started to carry out the first research and analysis. The ingeneers of the ONERA should be in a position to present the conclusion of the first system mission (initial scientific analysis; technical feasability) by summer 2007.

  • http://www.altincilek.tk altın çilek

    When do I get to take a ride??? is it coming to the US… hmmm… and yes.. Im wondering of the love making also.. it just sounds way to fun, to be true…

  • http://www.fitmaxbodyfit.com fitmax body fit

    FON I think that this should have been explored yrs ago, its a great idea. good luck! hope to see it soon.

  • http://www.saglik-shop.com sağlık shop

    has someone maybe got pics of interior… like rooms,cockpit etc.

  • http://www.isvicrechat.ch isvicre

    I think the flying whale

  • http://www.ovitanarhapi.web.tr nar hapı

    Comparible in visionary elegance to the Concorde

  • http://www.saglikshoop.com sağlık shop

    Oh, the huge manatee.

  • http://twitter.com/anadoludesign @anadoludesign

    Beautful!

    Comparible in visionary elegance to the Concorde

  • http://twitter.com/anadoludesign @anadoludesign

    will they allow love making on this thing, unlike the Airbus?

  • http://www.altincilekile.com/ sert

    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

  • KFZ

    LOL looks like inspiration came from Negima! Magister Negi Magi…. http://4.p.s.mfcdn.net/store/manga/71/20-186.0/co

  • http://www.bebeksisme.com şişmebebek

    Comparible in visionary elegance to the Concorde

  • http://www.omeglechat.org omegle

    Looks somewhat like the ship that was in Aeon Flux that housed all the dna.

  • ThomHartman

    Provided the "basing" requirements were modest, this would be ideal for following migrations of whales, or other animals that cover a great deal of territory or whose migrations are unknown. Photographers, sound engineers, etc. kept on station with all their equipment. Super!

  • TexasSinkholeFan229

    I am already planning on stealing this airship! I want it!

  • http://www.ucuzsismebebek.org sisme bebek

    Oh, the huge manatee.

  • Robert Bemis

    Again, I'm disappointed. I've designed an airship that can accomodate 200 people & 50 crew. It has better amenities. Can cruise at the same altitude as jets, & has the capability of going Mach 1.
    My 'Super-Z' is better than anything out there. It's the Ferrari to thier Dodge trucks!

  • http://www.bizde.com sahibinden

    Looks somewhat like the ship that was in Aeon Flux that housed all the dna.

  • http://www.imlet.net imleme

    The spiral of Archimedes is the driving force of this airship in the form of a whale that glides through the air.

  • http://www.bizde.com/k/giyim-aksesuar-kadin-giyim-ic-giyim-gecelik/ amaşırı

    Anyone got pics and info in relation to flight deck and rooms? Appreciate any kind of help concerning this fantastic enterprise