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  • NASA/JPL's Airship Challenge (A NASA Centennial Challenges Program)

    11/25/2014 12:15:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 25NOV2014 | JPL Staff Writer
    Airships aren't just powered balloon-like vehicles that hover above sporting events. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and commercial uses. NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records in terms of duration of flight at high altitudes. The agency has issued a request for information for this contemplated "20-20-20 Airship Challenge." Submissions will be accepted until December 1. "We are seeking to take astronomy and Earth science to new heights by enabling a long-duration, suborbital platform for these kinds of...
  • World’s largest airship set to take off with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson at the helm

    04/18/2014 6:49:10 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 64 replies
    National Post [Canada] / The Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2014 | Neil Tweedie
    ....“The technological problems with airships that have stopped them ruling the skies have been gradually ticked off,” says Mr. Durham, technical director of Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which makes the Airlander.” Advances in materials, avionics and aerodynamic design mean that we have overcome the lion’s share of these obstacles. This craft is part airship, part aircraft and part hovercraft. We have taken the best aspects of each machine and combined them in one hyper-efficient vehicle. Let me tell you, this isn’t the Hindenburg.”... A future design called Airlander 50 will lift 50 tons of cargo, five times more than a...
  • Report: Army Cancels Hybrid Airship Project [Updated]

    02/17/2013 10:33:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    popsci.com ^ | 2/17/13 | Kelsey D. Atherton
    Once seen as the future of surveillance, the Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle has been terminated, InsideDefense.com reports. Is the military airship revival drawing to a close? UPDATE, 6:30pm Thursday: The Army confirmed that the LEMV airship project has been canceled. Here's the statement an Army spokesman emailed us: "The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), a hybrid air vehicle, is a technology demonstration project administered by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. This project was initially designed to support operational needs in Afghanistan in Spring 2012; it will not provide a capability in the timeframe required. Due to technical and...
  • Thunderbird 2 flies again: The astonishing airship set to revolutionise haulage, tourism...

    01/04/2013 12:38:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/4/13 | Damien Gayle
    A radical new kind of airship funded by the US military is about to make its first test flight - and it looks uncannily like the Thunderbird 2 craft from the classic TV show. The Aeroscraft airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn't even need a landing strip. It could also have major implications for cargo haulage, and almost everything now laboriously transported across the planet's surface by boat, train and lorry could within years be carried through the skies, its...
  • 'Sky Worm' Drone Readies for US Military Flight Tests (airship drone)

    11/18/2011 9:50:49 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    Argus One airship, U.S. military drone Drones and satellites dominate the U.S. military's surveillance arsenal, but fleets of unmanned airships could soon join in keeping an eye on battlefields. One robotic airship contender, the modular Argus One, has upcoming flight demonstrations scheduled at a U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Test Site that hosted nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War. The Argus One's design resembles a segmented sky worm made of connecting modules, and has the flexibility to quickly change its flight path as it slinks through the sky. It can also carry 30 pounds of surveillance sensors or...
  • $150 Million US Army Airship Goes Down Just Hours After Launch

    07/28/2011 11:22:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/28/2011 | Robert Johnson
    The U.S. Army launched its new $150 million High Altitude Long Endurance airship in Akron Wednesday only to watch it come down in some Pennsylvania woods just hours later. According to Akron's Fox 8, the solar powered blimp went down in Greene County, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. Intended to provide satellite type communications and surveillance above the Jet Stream, the ship hit 32,000 feet when an "anomaly" forced operators to abort the flight.
  • Airships are ready to make their big comeback

    05/04/2011 4:32:24 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 60 replies
    IO9 ^ | Alasdair Wilkins
    Ever since the Hindenburg disaster in 1937, airships have been a largely abandoned technology, their continued existence consigned to being a quick shorthand for alternate universes in science fiction. But now, 75 years later, airships might be ready to return. To be fair to airships, the Hindenburg blew up because its fuel was flammable hydrogen - something its German operators had to use because the US banned the export of helium to the Nazis - and so it's perhaps not the best representative of the technology's abilities. Then again, the Hindenburg was far from the only airship disaster, and the...
  • U.S. Army Orders Huge Airship to Aid Combat Missions

    06/16/2010 7:54:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 1,263+ views
    The United States Army has ordered a huge hybrid airship longer than a football field to watch over battlefields in Afghanistan by the end of 2011, according to the airship's builder Northrop Grumman Corporation. The company has received a $517 million Army contract to build up to three of the huge military airships, called the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicles (LEMV). Such airships would serve as surveillance stations at 20,000 feet (6,096 meters) above sea level and could stay on watch for as long as three weeks at a time. A LEMV would also have the capability to carry a 2,500-pound...
  • World's Largest Airship Inflated to Create Monster 'Stratellite'

    05/24/2010 10:48:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 88 replies · 1,952+ views
    Space.com ^ | 5/20/10
    A huge inflatable vehicle as long as a 23-floor skyscraper is tall has become the world's largest airship in its bid to serve as a stratospheric satellite, or "stratellite," according to its developers. The 235-foot (72 m) long airship, known as the Bullet 580, has a top speed of 80 mph (129 km/h) and can serve as a high-flying sentinel that stays aloft for long periods of time. Getting the new sky behemoth inflated required six hours inside Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Ala. "Our airships are radically different designs that move beyond the performance limitations of traditional blimps or zeppelins...
  • Wreck of Airship USS Macon Added to National Register of Historic Places

    02/14/2010 10:18:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1,107+ views
    NOAA ^ | 1/11/2010 | NOAA
    Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the loss of the U.S. Navy airship USS Macon, NOAA today announced that the wreck site on the seafloor within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Macon, a 785-foot dirigible was one of the largest airships in the world – comparable in size to the RMS Titanic. It was intended to serve as a scout ship for the Pacific Fleet and had the ability to launch and recover Sparrowhawk biplanes. In service less than two years, the Macon, based at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, Calif.,...
  • World's largest zeppelin dedicated at NASA facility [246 foot Eureka at Moffitt Field, CA]

    11/21/2008 2:25:23 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 60 replies · 2,410+ views
    CNet ^ | November 21, 2008 | Daniel Terdiman
    The zeppelin, Eureka, sits on the tarmac at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. The airship was dedicated Friday at an event celebrating the 75h anniversary of Moffett Field.(Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET News) MOFFETT FIELD, Calif.--NASA celebrated the 75th anniversary of this iconic airfield and research center on Friday by dedicating a brand-new zeppelin from a private company called Airship Ventures. The zeppelin NT ("new technology"), which is one of just three currently functioning zeppelins that exist in the world, and the biggest, at 246 feet, was named "Eureka," a name that relates to the fact that the ship is based...
  • The flying hotel Thunderbird 2: The 700ft super-airship that will gently float you around the world

    02/01/2008 5:11:43 PM PST · by Stoat · 74 replies · 1,922+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | February 2, 2008
    The flying hotel Thunderbird 2: The 700ft super-airship that will gently float you around the worldLast updated at 23:32pm on 1st February 2008  With its fins and whale-like shape, it resembles Thunderbird 2. But, unlike the huge International Rescue rocket in the puppet series, this gigantic airship won't be roaring off in a blast of flame and smoke to any international emergencies. Instead, its designers say it will gently lift 40 passengers into the sky for a serene cruise of the world. Scroll down for more...   Uplifting: Manned Cloud's deisgners say it will offer eco-friendly holidays    The...
  • The Flying Luxury Hotel - Aeroscraft Airship

    11/22/2006 5:32:16 PM PST · by red flanker · 26 replies · 772+ views
    Popular Science ^ | November 22, 2006 | Joshua Tompkins
    This is not a Blimp. It's a sort of flying Queen Mary 2 that could change the way you think about air travel. It's the Aeroscraft, and when it's completed, it will ferry pampered passengers across continents and oceans as they stroll leisurely about the one-acre cabin or relax in their well-appointed staterooms. Unlike its dirigible ancestors, the Aeroscraft is not lighter than air. Its 14 million cubic feet of helium hoist only two thirds of the craft's weight. The rigid and surprisingly aerodynamic body—driven by huge rearward propellers—generates enough additional lift to keep the behemoth and its 400-ton payload...
  • Hybrid aircraft touted for future

    11/12/2006 8:57:42 AM PST · by thackney · 25 replies · 2,076+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | November 12, 2006 | JULIA O'MALLEY
    Imagine a giant, turtle-shaped aircraft, a combo of blimp, plane and hovercraft, filled with freight, quietly floating over the ocean. It sounds like science fiction, but serious experts insist it could someday be a reality in Alaska. Hybrid aircraft, or airships, modern incarnations of the blimp, travel faster than barges and trucks and are cheaper to operate than jets. Promoters hope someday they may haul freight and supplies to remote locations in Alaska. More than 50 business leaders, students and academics gathered at the University of Alaska, Anchorage on Friday for a round-table discussion on the airships and a presentation...
  • MSNBC: Airship groomed for flight to edge of space

    05/23/2004 6:08:47 AM PDT · by mikegi · 10 replies · 160+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 21, 2004 | Alan Boyle
    Next month, a V-shaped airship bigger than a baseball diamond is due to rise from the West Texas desert to an altitude of 100,000 feet (30.5 kilometers), navigate by remote control, linger above the clouds and drift back to earth. For the U.S. Air Force, the feat will demonstrate the feasibility of a new kind of semi-autonomous craft that could hover in "near space," to do reconnaissance and relay battlefield communications.
  • Airships May Play Key Homeland Defense Role, Officials Say

    03/05/2004 12:35:42 PM PST · by Calpernia · 53 replies · 515+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 5, 2005 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    The dirigible, or airship, may be employed as a tool to detect potential attacks against the United States, DoD officials told House subcommittee members March 4. "We believe the best way to protect Americans is to defeat terrorists as far away from our homeland as we can," Air National Guard Maj. Gen. John A. Love said in his prepared testimony before the House Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee. Love is a senior officer with U.S. Northern Command, the unified command charged with defending the United States from land, air and sea attack. Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for...
  • IAI developing airship the size of a football field ["nothing like it in the world"]

    02/18/2004 6:12:18 PM PST · by yonif · 19 replies · 338+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 2/19/2004 | Amnon Barzilai
    The Israel Aircraft Industries is developing a craft 200 meters long and 60 meters wide that will be geostatically positioned 21 kilometers in the air to photograph objects as far away as 1,000 kilometers, sending the images back to a ground station. "It will be an airship the size of a football field, nothing like it in the world," says engineer Avi Baum, head of the R&D department at Malam in the IAI. "The quality of the photographs will be very high, with optimum resolution. The quality will be good enough to read the license plates on moving cars on...