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The Aluminum Airship of the Future Has Finally Flown

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posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 11:51 AM
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There was once a time when man looked to the skies and expected to see giant balloons rather than airplanes drifting above. The Hindenburg Disaster promptly put an end to those dreams. But nearly a century later, one company may have finally figured out how to build a dirigible suitable for the 21st century. Just don't call it a blimp.

This fully rigid airship, dubbed the Aeroscraft, differs fundamentally from, say, the Goodyear blimp. Blimps, by definition, have no internal structure and maintain their shapes only through the pressure of the gas they contain; when the gas escapes, they deflate like the gigantic balloons they are. Rigid airships, like zeppelins before them, maintain their shape regardless of gas pressure thanks to an internal skeleton structure—the Hindenburg utilized highly flammable balsa wood, but the Aeroscraft's is made of aluminum and carbon fiber—and maintains its buoyancy with a series of gas-filled bladders. And unlike hybrid airships, the Aeroscraft doesn't require forward momentum to generate lift via a set of wings. It's all helium power.

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This is a huge new discovery for me




posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 11:57 AM
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Interesting.

It looks similar to Lockheed-Martin's P791



What ever happened to that other variations?



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:01 PM
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It's not cool at all. I mean - don't you wonder what they're gonna USE it for?

Surveillance, anyone?

More. Damn. Surveillance.

remember - the peole behind the cameras and the guns and the armored trucks are just dudes.

They aren't "special" people or "heroes". They are dudes just like you and your cousin Larry.

You trust Larry with your life?

Then why would you trust anyone else?

These things are NOT cool.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:02 PM
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This is cool! Thanks for sharing OP!

S + F



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:04 PM
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reply to post by MarsSentinel
 


It's the technology that's cool, not the usefulness of the craft.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:07 PM
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Reading this reminds me of something I had read years ago about using them for cargo transports here in Alaska, from major cities like Anchorage and Fairbanks to the outlining villages. It was supposed to be more fuel efficient as well as able to transport more cargo in shorter time vs conventional aircraft and river barges. For those of you who do not understand why we do not transport via ground as in trucking or railroad, unfortunately Alaska is limited on its road an rail infrastructure. Most cargo is flown in via small propeller aircraft or up rivers on barges making it expensive and majorly time consuming.

I wonder if this is the same company that was discussing this before, looks similar with the cargo ramp idea...

S&F nice find OP.

Grim



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:08 PM
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Wow its great :O I thought this one is first.Nice finding there man.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:12 PM
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I just love the technology, It can be used in various ways...And if you will see the past madame curie discovered radioactivity.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:14 PM
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why oh why did they have to leave it silver.

"Lets make a huge blimp that looks exactly like a flying saucer that can be seen from flippin miles away, then leave it shiny aluminium so it reflects for hundreds of miles....." Cant you imagine how far this will freak people out?


I think they built this purely to discount any and all UFO reports.
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posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:19 PM
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Maybe yes man, flying in sky with silver will surely give discounts to ufo if this craft gets famous and everyone start using it lol.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:22 PM
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HiddenSecrets
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Maybe yes man, flying in sky with silver will surely give discounts to ufo if this craft gets famous and everyone start using it lol.


think about it, just fly one near the test ranges and boom, every single UFO thats spotted can be blamed on this thing


Park one at area 51, one near 'that' mesa one over by Cheyenne mountian
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posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:25 PM
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Reminds me of the Hindenberg. Doesn't look much like the future to me.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:26 PM
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Biigs

I think they built this purely to discount any and all UFO reports.


The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.

Nah. If 'they' wanted to do that, it would look like a big Chinese lantern.

As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:26 PM
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Yes park it in Area 51 and you're free to answer any question easily.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:27 PM
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Eventually, the company hopes to produce a trio of Aeroscraft models: the 66-ton capacity ML866, the 250-ton ML868, and the 500-ton ML86X. There's even discussion of turning them into giant floating hotels for serene 80-day global circumnavigations.


Something that is sorely needed in many places of the world. The article did not mention the top or cruise speed; only the small control surfaces being effective above 20 MPH. If this thing or the ones to follow can cruise at or above 150 knots ( I don't think so but would be awesome ) what a great invention. If I had to bet it will do around 45 kts cruise and maybe 70 knots tops.... Hope so....

Thanks for the post S&F



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:30 PM
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Do you think it matters with naked eyes and 1000fts above.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:30 PM
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I thought there was a helium shortage. Maybe we only have a shortage because they want the helium for these ships. Well, so who cares if people can't afford to buy their kids helium balloons anyway. I still can't understand how there could be a helium shortage. Maybe there really isn't. maybe they want to raise the price of helium balloons.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:32 PM
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They should paint "IFO" on the side of it in big obvious letter so we know its an "identified flying object" right away


... oh no, but if we do that and the UFOs start doing that too they also can hide! damnit! its lose lose.



posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:32 PM
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why oh why did they have to leave it silver.

"Lets make a huge blimp that looks exactly like a flying saucer that can be seen from flippin miles away, then leave it shiny aluminium so it reflects for hundreds of miles....." Cant you imagine how far this will freak people out?


I think they built this purely to discount any and all UFO reports.


Dude...Battle of Los Angeles. Basically, a huge oblong silvery object off the California coast took literally hours worth of military firepower so intense that it was like ten firework displays happening at the same time, and still never came down. I didn't even make the connection until you said that. Ironically, George Knapp is going to be doing an AMA here tomorrow - I believe he has done a significant amount of research on the subject.
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posted on Sep, 16 2013 @ 12:34 PM
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Bro we will borrow helium from our sun





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