The Au-30 is a multi-role airship designed for executing continuous flights including flights at a low altitude and low speed. The main area of application is patrolling. The basic concepts of this airship design used are as follows: possibility of vertical takeoff and landing and short takeoff and landing; flight without lifting gas consumption; propeller thrust vector control in a vertical plane; application of an additional steering engine; application of modern materials and onboard equipment.
2007 October, 27 Au-30 No 3003 (Total Pole Airship) airship made the first flight at Marseilles airport. The crew: Putintsev, Demin (Russia), Maniere (France), Corky (U.S.A.). Airship was delivered to France for Jean-Louis Etienne North Pole expedition (February, 2008).
Au-30 airships are designed and produced by RosAeroSystems. OSKBES MAI developed a design and produces gondolas, controls and tails for these airships.
Description of gondola
The airship gondola is fastened to the envelope by means of a rigid attachment between the gondola and envelope and catenary belts are also used. The framework of the airship gondola consists of four compartments: a cockpit, cargo-and-passenger compartment, services compartment and technical compartment. Power units are located outside, at the rear on the left and on the right side of the gondola, and a self-orienting landing gear leg is below it.
The cockpit is in the forward end of the gondola, it is designed or a two-person crew and provides a wide field of vision.