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Flights on Water

Not only ships will surf water spaces soon, but also airships and even passenger hovercrafts. But those who are more interested in the past than in the future, will have chance to see the miniature ships of the eighteenth century in almost real conditions. Da-Voda reviews when and where it will be possible to fly on a modern airship and see how the waters in time of Peter the Great looked like.

Recently the largest aircraft in the world was presented in England. The machine called Airlander is a hybrid of airship, airplane and helicopter. The 90-meter Airlander looks like a very large airship, but it is capable of carrying several tons of cargo and staying in the sky for several days without refueling. This aircraft is considered as one of the most environmentally friendly kinds of transport, it runs on helium and produces almost no sound. In addition, the hybrid can land not only on land but also on water, sand and ice.

Recently the largest aircraft in the world was presented in England

Engineers promise that the first device of the series will be not less comfortable than a cruise liner, there will be swimming pools installed on board for passengers. The first commercial flight of Airlander is planned in 2016, and the ticket price is not yet reported.

Meanwhile in Russia engineers form the Far Eastern Federal University started projecting the first passenger hovercrafts. According to the university, it is the Far East, where the hovercrafts usage will be relevant. These aircrafts do not need airfields, runways or piers and they have properties of both aircraft and spacecraft. Hovercraft differs from other modes of transport: it can move at low altitude over the water or the ground due to the formation of dynamic air cushion. According to lenta.ru, basic modification is the 16-seat hovercraft, which can fly at a speed of 200 km/h. Such a device costs about 800 thousand dollars.

Meanwhile in Russia engineers form the Far Eastern Federal University started projecting the first passenger hovercrafts

And in late May a scale-model of 18th century Saint-Petersburg will be opened in the Northern capital of Russia. PR manager of the project Julia Matovkina commented to 100TV channel: "Historical scale-model of 18th century Saint-Petersburg, the period from Peter I to Catherine II, is interactive. Here carriages will go down the streets, ships will surf on real water and shoot from real guns. There are scenes of the ball and of peasants working in the field. Different scenarios will be pre-programmed and run for visitors.

And in late May a scale-model of 18th century Saint-Petersburg will be opened in the Northern capital of Russia

Visitors will be able to see Petersburg at different times of day and year. Two sea battles will be presented. Citizens will see the building of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Peterhof Grand Palace, historic manors on Vasilevsky Island, the Admiralty building and even the former existing Peterstadt fortress." Hundreds of people worked on the "Petersburg waters" theater-layout: artists, historians, architects and other professionals. Saint-Petersburg of the past in miniature will be opened on May, 27th.
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