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World's Largest Airship Inflated to Create Monster 'Stratellite'
Space.com ^ | 5/20/10

Posted on 05/24/2010 10:48:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

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To: RegulatorCountry

See #50. Beat me to it by a few seconds.

GMTA!


51 posted on 05/24/2010 11:27:50 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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52 posted on 05/24/2010 11:29:12 AM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: NormsRevenge
World's Largest Airship Inflated to Create Monster 'Stratellite'

And here I thought it would be shaped like a giant electric guitar.

53 posted on 05/24/2010 11:30:08 AM PDT by Disambiguator (Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism - it's all shades of black.)
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To: awestk

I think the biggest problems blimps have always had is storage, particularly from storms while being tethered on the ground. Their size to payload ratios just never seem
to make much sense.


54 posted on 05/24/2010 11:30:32 AM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: Army Air Corps
And those semi’s do not have to lift any of their load off the ground

Absolutely true, but again irrelevant to my point. There are one heck of a lot cheaper ways of slowly getting something from one place to another than using an airship.

55 posted on 05/24/2010 11:32:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: NormsRevenge

Great, but how do they get it out?


56 posted on 05/24/2010 11:32:29 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Don't mess with Aunt Karen when she's been drinking)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Interestingly enough, Anigrand also has a model of the alleged Nazi flying saucer, the Dornier-Stratospharen Haunebu II
57 posted on 05/24/2010 11:33:14 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

wow


58 posted on 05/24/2010 11:34:16 AM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: NormsRevenge

No one has posted “Oh, The Huge Manatee” pic yet? I can’t believe it!!!


59 posted on 05/24/2010 11:35:30 AM PDT by lado
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To: from occupied ga

As far as regular cargo carrying goes, I agree. There are still some applications for airships, but this isn’t it.


60 posted on 05/24/2010 11:38:55 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: CholeraJoe

I was thinking retractable roof, or open ended coliseum, ..nope.

the door at the end is big,, but I don’t think it will let the thing thru inflated.. I guess it can be deflated and hauled somehow..


61 posted on 05/24/2010 11:39:16 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: CholeraJoe

Lots of Vaseline.


62 posted on 05/24/2010 11:39:29 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: 1776 Reborn

If it has a crew of eight, it functionally has no payload. Heck, a Ford F-350 can carry 2,000 lbs.


63 posted on 05/24/2010 11:40:32 AM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: NormsRevenge

enuff to hold 4-500 lb. JDAMS. Silent killer. Just go upwind and turn off the motors. Never hear it coming.


64 posted on 05/24/2010 11:41:24 AM PDT by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: 1776 Reborn
2000 lbs of high-bandwidth link electronics over that much surface area at 80K ft is a money making proposition. Consider the size and cost of communications satellites, and how much they earn. A couple of hundred pounds of electronics way up high is a moneymaker.

/johnny

65 posted on 05/24/2010 11:44:09 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Army Air Corps
There are still some applications for airships, but this isn’t it.

Surveillance? Microwave relay?

66 posted on 05/24/2010 11:44:39 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: NormsRevenge

Umbella, Man-Made Global Warming solved.


67 posted on 05/24/2010 11:45:33 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Little Pig

Smoking room inside the Hindenberg

68 posted on 05/24/2010 11:45:45 AM PDT by frithguild (I gave to Joe Wilson the day after, to Scott Brown seven days before and next to JD Hayworth.)
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To: from occupied ga

Among others. Also, specialised cargo delivery to areas without an airfield (can carry more than many helicopters). Even medevac from remote areas. Personally, this particular airship looks more like a “gimmie stimulus money” project than a serious contender.


69 posted on 05/24/2010 11:48:14 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Richard Kimball
Heck this truck could carry that too! lol


70 posted on 05/24/2010 11:54:01 AM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: JRandomFreeper
Yeah, maybe so. Perhaps they could turn them in to vegetable green houses too.
71 posted on 05/24/2010 11:56:49 AM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: 1776 Reborn
Yeah, but the deer will see you coming for miles? lol

I don't know. I don't think deer have any natural air-borne predators, so they probably don't look up that often.

And either way, I'd paint my blimp sky blue, and hunt at night...


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

72 posted on 05/24/2010 12:00:24 PM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: The Comedian

Yeah, you could just throw beer bottles at them. lol


73 posted on 05/24/2010 12:06:55 PM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ve read articles about using airships as an alternative to satellites. They can’t cover nearly as much area as a geo-sync orbit sat, but they cost a fraction and are much more easily replaced. Pretty cool stuff.


74 posted on 05/24/2010 12:17:12 PM PDT by SwedishConservative
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To: Army Air Corps

In the linked article a reference was made to ‘filling it with algae,’ the article simply seemed to disappear and I can’t get it back — so are they using methane for a lifting gas?

Wouldn’t seem practical.


75 posted on 05/24/2010 12:21:09 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: frithguild

Apart from the irony (and maybe they really felt they had isolated it enough from the gas envelopes), just look at all that polished aluminum. Say what you like about the politics, and the science that used aluminum-based paint, but those were some truly impressive machines.


76 posted on 05/24/2010 12:26:44 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Think “domestic surveillance”!
77 posted on 05/24/2010 12:29:36 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Here’s the reference to algae, but no explanation...

“Our airships are radically different designs that move beyond the performance limitations of traditional blimps or zeppelins by combining advanced technology with simple construction and the ability to fuel with algae, protecting our environment,”

(S)aid Michael Lawson, chairman and CEO of E-Green Technologies.


78 posted on 05/24/2010 12:42:56 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: Old Professer

I think that they were referring to algae-based fuel for propulsion.


79 posted on 05/24/2010 1:02:15 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: SwedishConservative

Well, they can be used in lieu of transmission towers. An aerostat could be used for TV and Radio broacasting over a wide area.


80 posted on 05/24/2010 1:05:38 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: frithguild
It was named the Hindenburg. The article also got it wrong (no surprise - lousy writing altogether).
81 posted on 05/24/2010 1:28:37 PM PDT by Moltke (panem et circenses)
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To: 1776 Reborn

I was going to say something sarcastic too, but if this thing can haul it up to 20,000 feet and hang around for days on end without much fuel, well, maybe there is a use for it.


82 posted on 05/24/2010 2:26:12 PM PDT by Tribune7 (It is immoral to claim the tea parties to be racist)
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To: Tribune7

Somebody stole my idea. I knew it could be done. Glad to see I was right.


83 posted on 05/24/2010 3:01:19 PM PDT by BenKenobi (I want to hear more about Sam! Samwise the stouthearted!)
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To: Scythian

What is that?

84 posted on 05/24/2010 3:38:17 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: Tribune7

Well orders will tell.....


85 posted on 05/24/2010 4:18:59 PM PDT by 1776 Reborn
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To: Scythian

OK, I think I got it figured out - it's either either 3-d rendering artwork from a "Secret Weapons of WW2" type video game, or it's realistic artwork from a fantasy artwork / 3D studio site, such as this:


86 posted on 05/24/2010 4:42:17 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: RegulatorCountry; Scythian
Here’s a great set of CGI images of the thing chasing a Nazi UFO, lol.

http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2009/01/25/russian-flying-fortresses/

You found it! Thank you!


87 posted on 05/24/2010 4:48:21 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (...he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one... Luke 22:36)
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To: NormsRevenge
"...Uh Oh....we're gonna need a bigger door..."
88 posted on 05/24/2010 8:19:27 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: houeto

STOP THE SENSELESS MURDER OF ALGAE!!!!


89 posted on 05/28/2010 7:42:58 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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