SkyLifter... redefines Heavy Lifting

" . . . taking over where helicopters leave off. "

HADR & Healthcare

  • The SL150 carries its payload externally - enabling the cargo to be any shape or size...

ship to shore aid

SkyLifter proposes a bold idea of creating portable buildings that can be carried by the SL150 and delivered anywhere. The idea is not new - currently ISO shipping containers are fabricated as portable buildings - but we offer this idea on a much bigger scale...

We imagine an accommodation module; a 25 metre diameter, 5 floor, self contained unit, with integrated power, water and waste systems so that it has minimal environmental impact on the ground. We imagine this module to be transported from site to site without people onboard. Once on the ground, people would arrive by other means and start to use the facilities

Some scenarios are described below...


Disaster Relief. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, food, water and medical supplies are required. At first pass, and without needing to land, the SL150 would gently deliver 150,000 litres of potable water or food aid. After evacuating several hundred walking wounded, the SL150 would return with a ready-to-operate hospital, placing it in the heart of the disaster zone. The SL150 would do all this while bypassing clogged or broken transport arteries. This is the SL150 in an emergency response role.

Aid Delivery The important everyday task of delivering supplies to remote locations can be made simpler and more efficient with all SkyLifters. However, for larger payloads, the SL150 will be the aircraft of choice. We imagine two scenarios:

  1. Distribution. Without needing to land and without needing to parachute pallets from a moving aircraft, the SL150 can take large payloads and distribute small pieces at a time across a wide area, thereby minimising the need for recipients to gather at central locations. The primay advantage is that this strategy keeps the needy people in their home locations for as long as possible (rather than moving to aid camps) and so reduces the spread of disease and pollution and lessens the stress on the land and its people.

  2. Warehouse. When large amounts of aid need to be stored and distributed in a timely manner, the SkyLifter module can be configured as an instant warehouse, from which Governments, NGOs and Charities can administer their aid in a regulated and secure way.


SkyLifter vision of hospital


Ongoing delivery of health services. As an example of their usefulness, suppose a government wishes to provide healthcare to their rural areas, dotted with small communities and villages, connected by endless dusty roads, often impassable in rains. It could be Argentina, Australia or Afghanistan.

A large amount of money can be spent building a centralised hospital and bringing the people to it. Or, the government could get operational flexibility by building ten of these 2000 square metre modules, configured as fully self-contained healthcare facilities, and use several SkyLifters to rotate them around the rural communities every few weeks.

We believe the pictures on this page say it all.


2a Everest Hospital


Buy / Lease

  • The business of buying or leasing aircraft is complex but not complicated.

Ship-deliveryPlease allow us to guide you.  We invite purchase and lease enquiries from all companies and individuals who wish to know more.  If desired, you may choose to simply have the SkyLifter flown for you on a wet-lease contract, or we can discuss and arrange all the elements of an ownership package, including finance, insurance, training, maintenance and buy-back.

For both private and commercial ownership, please be aware that SkyLifter airships are under development and there is a waiting list for all the aircraft classes.  However, the timeframe on the smaller SkyRover class is the shortest and ownership/operations can be arranged quickly.



  • Please contact us for pricing.

Alpine ResortWe believe our pricing structure is highly competitive with comparable aircraft and will enable the owner/operator to make a healthy and sustainable business.

The capital cost of the aircraft matters to your CFO, but the overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is a key driver in the decision making process.  The TCO includes the cost of finance, insurance, personnel, MRO, fuel, and the like.  These items vary considerably depending upon the application of the aircraft and its working environment.  However, we have done our numbers and we believe that the overall cost-performance, of all our proposals, will be more attractive than comparable aircraft for the desired application.


If you are a potential owner or operator, please contact us for pricing and to review the business case.


Assembly dome 1


Contact us

For general enquiries, please use our office email below.

Email: i n f o @ s k y l i f t e r . e u  (remove spaces in text for correct email address)

UK Registered office: SkyLifter Ltd.



SL150-3aThis aircraft will be a serious heavy lifting aerial crane.  With helicopter technology limited to payloads of up to 20 tonne, the SkyLifter's 150 tonne vertical pick-up and deliver capability will present a paradigm shift for the heavy airlift industry when it is introduced.

A common theme in the heavy airlift scenario is the ad-hoc nature of the tasks - so a 'go anywhere', 'lift anything' aircraft is demanded.  SkyLifter's intended capability is:

  • Very heavy airlift.  The SkyLifter's payload is around 150,000 kg (330,000 lbs) at sea level.  This capability could be used to carry items for wind-farm construction, pylon and bridge installations, transformer transport and anything that is too heavy for helicopters, or too difficult to move by land or sea.
  • External payload.  The picture to the right illustrates SkyLifter’s goal to carry oversize payloads.  When introduced, builders of pre-fabricated buildings, large equipment or other cargo will be freed from the size restrictions of road transport, enabling them to do more manufacturing in the factory and less assembly onsite, thereby saving time, materials and costs.
  • Flexible logistics.  No landing, minimal payload hand-offs, and extended loiter are key benefits.  SkyLifters would be used in many projects where other terrestrial crane services are unable to work, particularly in isolated, mountainous, waterlogged or forest regions.



Below is a very short time-lapse video to illustrate the capability.



Read more about the Healthcare and HADR applications of an SL150


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Indicative specifications

  • SL class = SkyLifter. SL150
  • Aerostat diameter = 150 metre (450 ft)
  • Certification category = Transport
  • Payload = 150,000 kg (330,000 lbs)
  • Cruise range = over 2,000 km (1,200 miles)
  • Cruise speed = under 80 kmph (50 mph)
  • Cruise altitude = under 3,000m (10,000 ft)
  • Crew = 2 (pilot and loadmaster)or more people
  • Power = Diesel/Electric/Solar

More information is available for potential operators.

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Scale of SL150 pod to mid-size helicopter

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Photo of SkyPalaceSkyPalace is a future concept for an aerial cruise liner, where the customer's cruising experience will be taken to an entirely new level, floating effortlessly, over land at low altitude.

The planned habitable area of the SkyPalace is big.  It features a 25 metre diameter accommodation unit offering 2000 sqm of freely-configurable floor-space over five levels.  This includes an outdoor roof terrace where guests may venture out while the SkyPalace cruises majestically over the wonders of the world... perhaps to take an evening stroll in the moonlight after dinner.

For passenger travel and tourism, we have plans presenting the SkyPalace in three configurations:

  • SuperCruiser.  World cruising, with crew to pamper 60 unique guests, travelling the world or hovering over one place.  Personalised to an individual owner's taste, similar to a mega-yacht, but obviously more exclusive, comfortably spacious and able to travel over land with very little noise or vibration.
  • Safari.  Similar to the SuperCruiser but for scheduled long-haul world cruising, like today's sea-going cruise ships - except over land.  The planned configuration could pamper 80 guests over 10 days, for example flying from Paris to Sydney via many of the world's architectural wonders.
  • Trekker.  This configuration is planned to carry large numbers of tourists on sight-seeing day-trips; taking the Sky-Tour rather than the bus-tour or the rail-tour.  For example, this SkyPalace could entertain 600 tourists for a low-cost day-flight from Birmingham to Berlin via Paris.  The flight would feature armchair comfort for all passengers to enjoy the stunning views from the large windows or the outdoor roof terrace.

All these configurations can be fully self-contained, carrying their own fresh water with integrated waste and power systems.  Bear in mind, these aircraft are not designed to fly fast or to replace jet-airliners.  On the contrary, they are designed to enable a similar luxury experience to current sea-voyaging cruises, but with the ability to access points of interest of over land.  There is no cabin pressure, no jet-lag, virtually no vibration and you can go outside to smell the fresh air... during flight.

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Below is a very short video to illustrate the capability



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Indicative specifications

  • SL class = SkyPalace. SL150
  • Aerostat diameter = 150 metre (450 ft)
  • Certification category = Transport
  • Passengers = up to 800 people (if you really want to invite all your friends)
  • Cruise range = over 2,000 km (1,200 miles)
  • Cruise speed = under 80 kmph (50 mph)
  • Cruise altitude = under 3,000m (10,000 ft)
  • Crew = 2 or more people
  • Power = Diesel/Electric/Solar

More information is available for potential operators and owners.

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SkyPalace Machu