Full title: Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism... and warfare
It's..um... a blimp
posted on 01/04/2013 12:38:10 PM PST
posted on 01/04/2013 12:43:31 PM PST
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Not a blimp. Blimps have no rigid air frame. This has a rigid air frame and it is therefor a lighter than air ship.
posted on 01/04/2013 12:44:21 PM PST
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posted on 01/04/2013 12:46:47 PM PST
I've seen this from a distance twice - once for a few moments before they rushed to close the doors because there was a very light breeze and it was pushing the blimp across the hanger floor, the second time with it trying to lift off, a slight breeze coming by and it nosing into the ground.
I'm sure this is just the growing pains of a prototype, but this was funded as a long shot program, and so far it's lived up to those expectations. I wish them the best of luck, but if someone’s looking to start placing orders, they might want to hold off. I love the design ideas, seems quite possible to work, just not sure how they'll handle the energy requirements in flight for their fancy ballast system.
posted on 01/04/2013 12:47:16 PM PST
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Well, that was uplifting.
posted on 01/04/2013 12:54:27 PM PST
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posted on 01/04/2013 12:56:23 PM PST
by Dead Corpse
(Sine ullo desiderio vive et ama.... Carpe diem.)
Would appear to have the capacity to haul a LOT of fuel, so why is range limited to 3000 miles?
For military applications, it looks an awful lot to me like a very large, very slow target.
I would expect the biggest difficulty to be taking off or landing in windy conditions, especially gusting winds.
Tremendous advantage to not need a landing strip.
They conceive of it delivering to the front line of a battle. Not sure what would protect it from arty or missiles.
posted on 01/04/2013 1:07:28 PM PST
Is it’s maiden voyage to Lakehurst, New Jersey?
posted on 01/04/2013 1:08:17 PM PST
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THUNDER-BIRDS ARE GO!!!!
posted on 01/04/2013 1:18:41 PM PST
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Wasn’t some kid floating around inside that thing???
posted on 01/04/2013 1:20:52 PM PST
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posted on 01/04/2013 1:34:29 PM PST
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Lighter-than-air craft all have the same problem - directional controlling thrust.
If you took the computer controlled gyros of a Segway and mated them with enough directional thrust to counter wind, blow back, etc, then you would have smooth, reliable, lighter-than-air crafts.
posted on 01/04/2013 1:38:25 PM PST
("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
Just for a kick, they should fly the big sucker over
Devils Tower, Wyoming.....................Without informing the public :)
posted on 01/04/2013 1:54:56 PM PST
by The Cajun
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posted on 01/04/2013 2:33:53 PM PST
Who has the contract to build the puppets to fly it?
posted on 01/04/2013 3:16:58 PM PST
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