Monday, January 28, 2008

There's more than one way to skin a SkyCat

Today we open our book once again and add another chapter to the never ending story about Skycat. If you don't know about the Skycat story you should catch up on what has been going on over the last year. You can read the articles labeled "Skycat" here on the Blog to get an overview. But let's quickly reiterate for those of you who kind of know the basic facts. SkyCat was a project for a hybrid airship that combines static lift with dynamic lift. The project was first started by ATG a British airship company which was based in Cardington and went into administration a few years ago. The so called father of the SkyCat, Roger Munk then bought the assets of ATG as well as the prototype SkyKitten. The new company was called SkyCat Group Limited and was founded in spring 2007. First everything looked promising, and the hopes were high that the great SkyCat program would resurrect. But fortune turne quickly for SkyCat when Roger Munk was sued by Lockheed-Martin. The dispute was probably over the undeniable similarities of the SkyCat design and the P-791 Skunkworks Airship. You can see a video of the airship here. This of course brought the SkyCat Group into administration just months after resurfacing. But this Cat really seems to have 9 lives, because shortly after Hybrid Air Vehicles(HAV) was founded now back in Cardington, and back with the SkyCats. Not much is know about the activities of Hybrid Air Vehicles, but I am sure the next months will not be without something new coming out of Cardington.
Today we want to invite you to check out the new website of HAV that gives a company profile and presents the SkyCats at http://www.skycatgroup.com/, sorry http://hybridairvehicles.net. There is many ways to skin a cat.

7 comments:

george said...

I hope Lockheed is tired of sueing R.Munk and will give HAV a break to show what it can actually do.What are they afraid of anyway?Is there any comparison between their potential?

Scatter said...

Fantastic news! That's brightened up my day considerably. Best of luck to HAV.

Andreas said...

George, thanks for your comment, we will look more into the whole Lockheed vs HAV issue in the following months. The story isn't even close to coming to and end.
Regards

Andreas

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