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UPDATE: Huge, Futuristic, Hybrid Aircraft Crashes | VIDEO

UPDATE: Huge, Futuristic, Hybrid Aircraft Crashes

     Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft, has crashed during its second test flight.

The huge ship – nicknamed “The Flying Bum” because of its pert,

By By Eric Limer
The Independent
8-24-16

round back – crashed as it landed at its base at Cardington Airfield this morning, at the end of its second attempt to fly. Its official name is the Martha Gwyn – however, it gained notoriety not just because of its huge size but the interesting shape of its back.

…It isn’t clear if the ship itself took any damage during the crash.

The ship appears to have run into problems as it was making its way back onto the ground, when it flew into a telegraph pole and began running into problems….

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Huge, Futuristic, Hybrid Aircraft Makes Maiden Flight | VIDEO

Airlander

After maiden flight in Bedfordshire, creators of world’s largest aircraft
say 100 could be in skies within five years

     Above a field in rural Bedfordshire, a shiny, futuristic craft the size of a football pitch ascends majestically into the evening sky, and gawping onlookers crane their necks for a better view. This could be the trailer for the latest Independence Day film, but it is the maiden
Rob Davies
www.theguardian.com
8-17-16

flight of the Airlander 10, a helium-filled craft aiming to kickstart a new age of the airship.

It has been a while coming – the first flight had been delayed several times and Wednesday’s takeoff was held up for hours – but once in the air, showing off its curves as it banks and soars for its audience, the Airlander is quite a spectacle.

At 92m long and 43.5m wide, this is the world’s largest aircraft, dwarfing heavyweights such as the Airbus A380 “superjumbo”. It is a bit cheaper, too, with a catalogue price of £25m, compared with $375m (£287m) for an A380.

It can also carry a 10-tonne payload, comparable with military transport helicopters such as the Boeing CH-47 Chinook, the US Air Force’s workhorse of choice. …

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Top Secret Spaceship-Like Aircraft To Be Unveiled By Russia

Airship By Augur RosAeroSystems

By Rebecca Perring & Will Stewart
www.express.co.uk
6-30-15

RUSSIA is set to unveil a top secret spaceship-like aircraft that promises to be “lighter than air” in the latest warmongering exercise by Vladimir Putin.

    Work is already underway on the hi-tech 130-metre-long Atlant, which is to be created by merging technology from planes, hovercraft and airships.

Capable of taking off and landing without a runway it will be able to carry 200 military personnel at speeds of up to 105mph.

The futuristic craft is equipped with sophisticated high-precision computer technology, with Russian officials claiming that the $15million (£9.5million) aircraft will be used by the Defence Ministry.

The company behind the 21st century model, Augur RosAeroSystems, say Putin’s new toy will be ready for use by the army as early as 2018 . . ..

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NASA’s Manned, Solar-Powered Airships To Venus | VIDEO

NASA's Manned, Solar-Powered Airships To Venus

NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities for Venus Exploration

By Evan Ackerman
spectrum.ieee.org
12-16-14

Should crewed exploration of Venus come before we try to go to Mars?

     . . . At 50 kilometers above its surface, Venus offers one atmosphere of pressure and only slightly lower gravity than Earth. Mars, in comparison, has a “sea level” atmospheric pressure of less than a hundredth of Earth’s, and gravity just over a third Earth normal. The temperature at 50 km on Venus is around 75 °C, which is a mere 17 degrees hotter than the highest temperature recorded on Earth. It averages -63 °C on Mars, and while neither extreme would be pleasant for an unprotected human, both are manageable.

What’s more important, especially relative to Mars, is the amount of solar power available on Venus and the amount of protection that Venus has from radiation. The amount of radiation an astronaut would be exposed to in Venus’s atmosphere would be “about the same as if you were in Canada,” says Arney. On Mars, unshielded astronauts would be exposed to about 0.67 millisieverts per day, which is 40 times as much as on Earth, and they’d likely need to bury their habitats several meters beneath the surface to minimize exposure. As for solar power, proximity to the sun gets Venus 40 percent more than we get here on Earth, and 240 percent more than we’d see on Mars. Put all of these numbers together and as long as you don’t worry about having something under your feet, Jones points out, the upper atmosphere of Venus is “probably the most Earth-like environment that’s out there.” . . .

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Pentagon Wants an ‘Airborne’ Aircraft Carrier | VIDEO

Pentagon Wants an Airborne Aircraft Carrier

By Dan Lamothe
www.washingtonpost.com
11-10-14

      In the 2012 movie “The Avengers,” Captain America, the Hulk, Iron Man and the rest of the gang flew on a massive aircraft carrier that carried dozens of planes through the air and disappeared from plain view with the help of a cloaking device. The idea that the U.S. military could develop something similar is still seen as far-fetched, but this much is true: a Pentagon agency has just launched a new effort to develop an airship sure to draw comparisons.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is exploring whether it would be possible to turn an existing plane into a flying fortress capable of launching and recovering numerous drone aircraft. Doing so would extend the range of drones that gather intelligence and perform other missions while saving money and limiting the risks pilots take, DARPA officials said Sunday. . . .

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