Today we are accustomed to many different types of vehicles. The airship, however, remains rare. Yet with the desire to experience journeys and undertake research in remote locations such as the Arctic, with the development of drone-type propulsion systems, and with some regions having little transport infrastructure, airships may see a resurgence.
Polestar Design Contest student category finalist Siddhesh Bhogale has designed a Polestar that takes a new form of airship that combines twenty-first century Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) concepts with the larger, classic, lighter-than-air vehicles. The design looks ahead twenty years to when electric power could be used to power airships, and the means to generate electric power off-grid in remote locations would likely be possible. The design also reflects Polestar in its form, use of colours, and graphics, as well in its focus on electric power.
What does “pure” mean to you, and for your Polestar design?
Generous, undisturbed, with clear aesthetics. The design of the Polestar 40 follows these same principles. A pure form language creates the vehicle volume, supporting a minimalistic passenger cabin, which is positioned such that the researchers get access to spectacular views through weather-resistant glass.
How would you describe the essence of your design to someone who hasn’t seen it before?
Imagine a futuristic zeppelin, backed by the progressive technology and pure form language of Polestar.
What is it about your design that you are most proud of, or that is most unique?
That it calls for environmental awareness and a sustainable future. The proposed network expands the possibility of reaching remote Arctic locations in a sustainable manner. As it’s a zeppelin, the Polestar 40 requires less energy to remain in flight. In addition, renewable energy sources power the remote research facilities and charge the 40.