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Product Design students deliver creative Airlander concepts

Product Design and Engineering Product Design Students from LSBU have been working on projects developing innovative use cases for Airlander
03 May 2018

Organised into small teams and replicating the structure of professional agencies they have developed proposals ranging from luxury eco-tourism experiences through to a hovering drone warehouses deploying medical supplies to disaster areas.

The project gave the students the real world experience of working with an industry ‘client’. Working to a brief set by the lecturers, delivering high quality design and concept presentations and signing a non-disclosure agreement with Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), all worked to shape a high quality professional experience.

This collaboration is a design led STEM initiative that complements our overall STEM strategy. LSBU looks forward to developing this relationship further and inspiring young people to think differently and look to the future.

Addressing issues transporting medical resources

All over the world there are problems with access to vaccinations and medical resources due to the remote locations and lack of infrastructure. By combining the capabilities of large organisations and the long endurance flight of the Airlander, the LSBU team developed a refrigerated shipping service for areas struggling with cold chain distribution, such as west Africa.

The goal of the project is to reduce supply issues by using Airlander as a refrigerated warehouse in the sky that deploys delivery drones containing stock to clinics and hospitals.  

Mongolia project

The team also designed a framework for luxury and adventure travel supporting fieldwork and expeditions in the most remote and extreme environments on earth.

They conducted market research, developed an app and designed modular accommodation that could be dropped off in remote locations, as well as designing the interior of the aircraft.

Airlander interior