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Written By: grant on November 16, 2013 No Comment

New Scientist rises swiftly to break the news of hybrid aircraft that combine helicopters, planes, hovercrafts and blimps:

The peculiar aircraft is currently undergoing feasibility tests in the European Commission’s Extremely Short Take Off and Landing On any Surface (ESTOLAS) project.

Led by Alexander Gamaleyev at Riga Technical University in Latvia and Dimitris Drikakis [...]

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Written By: grant on July 29, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>First test flight with an aerostat at Annonay</i>

From “Collection 476, 1re série” collector cards showing the history of ballooning. They were printed in France sometime before 1900. The Montgolfier Brothers flew their balloon at Annonay about 110 years earlier.

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Written By: grant on March 24, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Plate 2527 Guarda</i> (a mechanism for protecting airships), by Charles A.A. Dellschau, 1912.


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This may be an important historical record of the early days of aeronautics, or it may be a vivid fantasy by a lonely, old man.

Either way, it’s beautiful.

The notebooks of Charles A.A. Dellschau were, The Atlantic tells us, rescued from a Texas landfill. They’d been dumped there after a [...]

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Written By: grant on January 8, 2013 No Comment

It’s the first rigid-body airship since the Hindenburg, says the Register. And the military is banking on Pelican to change the way we fly:

The 230ft-long, 18-ton demonstrator has been built for the US military by radical airship firm Aeros of California, helmed by Ukrainian LTA visionary Igor Pasternak.

But the airship can potentially do [...]

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Written By: grant on October 17, 2012 No Comment

Oh, yes we did. We’ve already used zeppelins to hunt for aliens (or at least meteorite strikes). And now, MSNBC tells us, we’ve got an odder airship for an odder task:

Using a 45-foot-long, camera-mounted, remote-controlled airship, project founder William Barnes plans to work with a team that includes one scientist to conduct nighttime flyovers [...]

Written By: grant on May 21, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Paillettes de glace eclairées par les rayons du soleil observées en ballon</i>, by M. Albert Tissandier


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When you’re a pioneering aviator, it pays to have a brother who’s an illustrator.

From the Tissandier collection in the Library of Congress, a dream of the sky from the past.

In 1875, Gaston Tissandier flew higher than anyone had ever gone. Two of his companions died from the [...]

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Written By: grant on May 7, 2012 No Comment

No, McClatchy ain’t making this up. Members of SETI and NASA are using an airship to seek traces of meteorites – and, possibly, alien life:

On Thursday, the scientists flew over the Sierra Nevada foothill region in a chartered zeppelin, hoping to spot craters, burn marks or other signs of falling space particles.

The meteorite [...]

Written By: grant on May 6, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <I>Bosch Magneto ad</i>, Aeronautics, <i>July, 1912</i>


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In 1912, aeronautics was a sport.

And the athletes had to start their engines somehow… so Bosch, now known mostly for their spark plugs, made magnetos. And summoned pilot genies to keep those flying machines in the air.

This bit of science art nouveau was found on archive.org. The same [...]

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Written By: grant on April 4, 2012 No Comment

Wired’s Danger Room takes a long look at the Blue Devil project – a 370-foot-long airship that, if some legislators have their way, will be flying over Afghanistan soon:

At 370 feet long and 1.4 million cubic feet fat, it is one of the largest blimps built in this country since World War II. [...]

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