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Possible payload for a future airship

Posted by: Andy Hill - Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:35 am
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Post Possible payload for a future airship   Posted on: Mon Jun 13, 2005 7:35 am
Could a JP aerospace launch platform be used to raise a telescope?

The attached link is about the BLAST project which uses a large Helium ballon to lift a telescope weighing 1.5 tons. Sounds like just the sort of task a JP platform might be suited for although that amount of weight might need a bigger ship. A JP airship should give a more stable platform and be used to orientate the telescope more accurately than swinging beneath a large ballon.

http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=17094

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Post    Posted on: Wed Jun 15, 2005 7:17 pm
It would also be a good airborne laser platform.


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Post    Posted on: Thu Aug 11, 2005 6:51 pm
I have some airship links at the bottom--first some misc. news

Nice toy for the kids:
http://www.apii.com/products.asp?idDept=17

Here is where the Xprize folks need to get their money:
http://guide.theemiratesnetwork.com/liv ... _dubai.php


Mega-lift airships
http://www.main.org/polycosmos/glxywest/aerie.htm

Huang, H., Mikyska, M. et al.: 1993, Aerotecture: The Return of the Rigid Airship, Institute of Design Communications Center, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Aug 12, 2005 7:37 pm
On page 428 of AMERICAN SCIENTIST Vol 92 (Sept-Oct 2004) is an interesting article on diamagnetic levitation that might make the handling of airships above magnetized strips handle a bit better.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:58 am
Here's another article that gives a possible mission for a JP airship, how about cruising the skies of Titan? If NASA ever get funding for it, JP would stand a good chance of winning a contract for it.

http://aviationnow.ecnext.com/free-scri ... =TITA10035

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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:02 am
Venus would be a great place for both Ascenders and Dark Sky Stations.

As soon as the first Ascender hits orbit I'm inner solar system bound!

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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:14 am
Why not do Titan as well, if NASA is willing to give you some cash? You could have an Ascender mission control steering airships over a dozen different planets and moons, total solar system coverage. :)

Once you perfected the mission you could use variations on it for most destinations which would minimise the costs.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:31 pm
Do a search for the Army's Walrus concept.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:26 am
I keep a eye on most of the airship projects out there. The Walrus is one of the heavy lift, low altitude vehicles. Walrus is a very apt name.

It appears to be a offshoot of the ZMC-2 (all metal hull) airship. If it really gets built it will be an amazing airship.


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Post    Posted on: Wed Oct 12, 2005 4:18 pm
I wonder if there is a way to use beamed power for a lifter-zep using ion wind. It makes me wonder about the tales of the 'giant triangles" and such Art Bell claims to have seen.
I think it may be best to contact folks from different ventures who all need the production facilities to produce bulk quantities of large-surface area material:

http://www.liftport.com/forums/showthre ... 6#post2206
http://www.liftport.com/forums/showthre ... 7#post2207

I mentioned your info over at the space elevator folks site. It may be possible to convince them of an Airship SE base. Speaking of Art Bell, a Balloon chain might be a good way to stabilize a Space Elevator (SE shaft)


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Post    Posted on: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:50 pm
The latest Popsci has the Aeroscraft
http://www.aerosml.com/PopSci.asp
http://www.aerosml.com/aeroscraft.asp


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jan 26, 2006 2:45 am
Ooooooh, me likes very very much. Very very very much. Even more than the Liberty Ship, methinks.

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Post    Posted on: Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:12 pm
You mean the mile long Freedom ship of Norm Nixon ( www.shipworld.com ?)--or the nuclear lightbulb Liberty HLLV from www.nuclearspace.com ?
http://www.nuclearspace.com/a_liberty_ship.htm


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Post    Posted on: Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:36 am
Yeah, I meant the Freedom Ship. Bah, I fail.

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Post    Posted on: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:31 pm
Rumore has it (History Channel) that the Pyke-crete ice/sawdust mix proposed for the Habbakuk might be used for that.


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