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"Manned Cloud" Sky Hotel

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Manned Cloud, is from French designer Jean-Marie Massaud,
want to build the world's first luxury hotel in the sky.
The double-decker carrier can travel 5,000 consecutive km, and is able to accommodate 40 guests (and 15 staff members) in its 1,100 sq. meter space. Developed with ONERA, the French national aerospace research body, Manned Cloud gives the jetsettiest of world travelers the opportunity to "explore the world without a trace: to re-experience travelling, timelessness and enhance the consciousness of the beauty of the world - and to experience spectacular and exotic places without being intrusive or exploitative" (save for the energy used to fly the thing). The flying hotel includes a restaurant and bar, lounge, library, fitness center, 20 rooms and terrace.
 

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It is eminently doable. Even by a private tycoon: 500/700 millions dollar to build it ? Not impossible for a great (relatively) number of people.
 

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Hope this project does get built. I almost want to say it's a primitive version of "Phloston Paradise" floating hotel seen in "The Fifth Element". Be great to see life imitate art.
 

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Orionblamblam said:
It's a silly configuration, and more difficult to build/heavier than a conventional Zep "cigar" body.

Yes it is rather silly, but it looks scientific and modern, thus more appealing to the customer than that quaint, imminently practical, retro Hindenburg (disaster you say!) design. Do you spend $300 million on something that reminds people of one of the most celebrated aviation disasters of the 20th Century, that will take a long time to generate interest, or $700 million on something that looks like it belongs in the 21st Century. Get Paris Hilton on board and tickets will go like hotcakes.
 

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yasotay said:
Orionblamblam said:
It's a silly configuration, and more difficult to build/heavier than a conventional Zep "cigar" body.

Yes it is rather silly, but it looks scientific and modern, thus more appealing to the customer than that quaint, imminently practical, retro Hindenburg (disaster you say!) design. Do you spend $300 million on something that reminds people of one of the most celebrated aviation disasters of the 20th Century, that will take a long time to generate interest, or $700 million on something that looks like it belongs in the 21st Century. Get Paris Hilton on board and tickets will go like hotcakes.

Get Paris Hilton on board and you could reduce your helium requirement by half.
 

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Eheheh ;D
Yep, the whale-like body is a little "risquè" from an aerodynamic point of view (what happens in lateral gusts ?). Maybe a cigar or deltoid (like Aeron, I think, would do better. Deltoid shape would be very "futuristic". And John McPhee could write another of his great books about it.
 

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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


Source: http://www.dezeen.com/2008/01/10/manned-cloud-by-jean-marie-massaud/
 

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Looks like Moby Dick! All it needs is a smile and a couple of eyes painted on it. Or perhaps a sharkmouth?
 

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"Form follows fashion" ;)
When rhinos become more popular than whales, the designers of such
flying hotels may have more poblems.
 

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I'm trying to get a grasp on the size of this thing. How big ist it? Is it larger than Brett Favre's ego?
 

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royabulgaf said:
I'm trying to get a grasp on the size of this thing. How big ist it? Is it larger than Brett Favre's ego?
Triton said:
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
Essentially it's a bit longer than two football fields with end zones, nearly as wide as one is long, and half as tall, and probably will mass a few kilotons. It's bigger by far than any whale that's ever existed, and will be by a truly hilarious margin the biggest aircraft ever flown in history if built. It'll be about the size of a Sovereign class cruise ship, but in the sky!.
 

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dannydale said:
  • Capacity: 40 passengers + 15 crew members
  • Volume: 520.000 m3
  • Dimensions: L 210m x W 82m x H 52 m

It's bigger by far than any whale that's ever existed, and will be by a truly hilarious margin the biggest aircraft ever flown in history if built. [/quote]

Buh?

Hindenberg:

Crew: ca. 40
Capacity: ca. 50 passengers (designed 40 for LZ 130, but never used)
Length: 244 m (803 ft 10 in)
Diameter: 41.2 m (135 ft 0 in)
Volume: 200,000 m³ (7,100,000 ft³)

The "Manned Cloud" would be substantially shorter in length than the Hindenbuerg, only a little taller, and about twice as wide (how it got 2.5 times the volume I'm not sure) and would carry approximate the same passenger load with substantially fewer crew.
 

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