Per client requests, the Aerocat R-40 has been designed to operate in all environments from arctic regions to arid deserts. The envelope structure includes a composite nosecone and an internal “rigid” structure to give strength to the envelope. This rigid structure also removes the upper surface lobes where ice and snow accumulate and the nosecone protects the hull material from blowing sand or ice particles. Aerocat’s design includes three separate anti and de-icing systems necessary to operate in arctic regions. Without these features a cargo airship’s ability to operate in hostile environments is greatly reduced.Additionally, the Aerocat R-40’s payload bay has 1888 cubic meters of clear area with a 4 meter overhead clearance for cargo. Combined with the ability to transport 55 metric tons 900 nautical miles and the R-40 is an extremely efficient and versatile transport aircraft.
AeroCat R40 – Minimun Specifications