'World's largest aircraft' getting ready for launch

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'World's Largest Aircraft' Getting Ready For Launch

A massive, lightweight airship that is referred to as the "world's largest aircraft" is getting ready to launch. The Airlander 10, which was developed by the UK-based company, Hybrid Air Vehicles will hopefully be hitting the skies sometime later this year.

In February the International Business Times reported the airship was undergoing engine tests, and the company indicates it will fly in 2015.

The Airlander 10 is a unique concept, as it combines aspects of a plane, helicopter and even a blimp. The airship measures just over 300 feet in length.

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CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mike Durham, the Technical Director at Hybrid Air Vehicles, admires the helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mike Durham, the Technical Director at Hybrid Air Vehicles, admires the helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mike Durham, the Technical Director at Hybrid Air Vehicles, admires the helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of rock band Iron Maiden and founder of Cardiff Aviation Ltd., poses with a model Airlander hybrid air vehicle, following a Bloomberg Television interview on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K., on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The Farnborough International Air Show, which runs July 14-20, is this year's biggest forum for aircraft introductions and sales. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden, sits at the controls on the flight deck of the helium-filled Airlander aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mike Durham, the Technical Director at Hybrid Air Vehicles, admires the helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mike Durham, the Technical Director at Hybrid Air Vehicles, admires the helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mike Durham, the Technical Director at Hybrid Air Vehicles, admires the helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: People admire Hybrid Air Vehicles' helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
CARDINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Mike Durham, the Technical Director at Hybrid Air Vehicles, admires the helium-filled 'Airlander' aircraft in a giant airship shed on February 28, 2014 in Cardington, England. The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft at 92 meters. Although slow moving compared to conventional aircraft, the Airlander is able to carry large payloads over long distances very efficiently. Hybrid Air Vehicles' project to develop the technology further is being funded by a Government grant as well as private finance from individuals including Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the band Iron Maiden. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of rock band Iron Maiden and founder of Cardiff Aviation Ltd., poses with a model Airlander hybrid air vehicle, following a Bloomberg Television interview on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K., on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The Farnborough International Air Show, which runs July 14-20, is this year's biggest forum for aircraft introductions and sales. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Initially, it was created to assist the U.S. Army in surveillance operations, however that changed due to budget cuts and eventually the business received a nice grant from the UK government to move forward with the project.

The Airlander 10 is capable of "vertical take-off and landing" like a helicopter and it can also carry out "conventional take-offs and landings". It produces very little noise pollution, boasts excellent fuel efficiency and does not require the use of a runway.

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