Floating cities now a sort of reality – Manned Cloud airship hotel launching soon

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manned-cloud.jpgIt is not an alien space-whale coming to eat all our birds and fish. It is a floating hotel, designed by Jean Marie Massaud.

With room for up to 40 guests, the “Manned Cloud” is a proper thing that’s going to get made – not just your usual concept nonsense. French national aerospace research lab ONERA has been helping spec-up the thing, which, to quote Massaud, “permits man to explore the world without a trace: to re-experience travelling, timelessness and enhance the consciousness of the beauty of the world.”

Technically speaking – because that’s why you’re here – the Cloud has a range of 5000 kilometres (if my maths is correct that’s about 270 miles) and a top speed of 170kmph. It looks like there are some windows along the sides of the cabin, too, for looking out of.

The floating hotel (floatel?) has, or will have when they’ve done it, a fitness centre, library, bar, library and sun lounge on the top deck, all of which should ensure this will remain way too expensive for any of us to ever go on. Or even see.

(Via PSFK)

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3 comments

  • Skipped to many math classes in your youth? You guys love doing this to get a rise out of us readers. It’s either bad math or your inability to convert the ever sinking US green back to Canadian dollars. 5,000k = 3,107 miles.

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