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24 November 2009
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Manned Cloud is a flying hotel proposed by French designer Jean-Marie Massaud. He has been working in conjunction with the French national aerospace research body ONERA on the project since 2005.

Manned Cloud

It is an ecologically friendly way to live in the sky, travel around the world, that too without leaving a trace (pollution) behind, in short an experience of a life by becoming aware of the environment. This looks like a white whale in the sky. The whale-shaped airship, will be able to accommodate 40 guests and will cruise at a speed of 80 mph (130 kmh and a top speed of 170 km/h) and 18,000ft above sea level. It could circle the earth in about ten days and will travel for 3,100 miles (almost 5,000 km) before needing to be refueled.

The Manned Cloud is almost 700ft long, 270ft wide and 170ft deep. 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. It has a restaurant, a library, a lounge and a gym on the first deck. On the second level there will be 20 passenger rooms, terraces with panoramic windows, a spa and a bar room. The airship is powered by a giant rear propeller and also has two further engines pointing downwards for vertical take-off. However, if you’re thinking of checking in, you will have to wait until its expected launch date of 2020.

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

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