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