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Media - News - UK team trials new ultra-endurance air vehicle - University of the Highlands and Islands
Similar to Slocum gliders, but use buoyancy in air. But considering the medium, won't you need bigger wings? I seem to remember a passenger craft concept that was similar, with a catamaran body, a large wing, and a centered over-wing engine cluster, called GravityPlane.
variable  buoyancy  airship  hybrid  glider  aerodyne  vehicle  transportation  research  UAV  drone  blimp  HAPS 
april 2019 by asteroza
Helikite Aerostat, Unique cross of balloon (Blimp) & kite aerostats
Interesting balloon kite to carry stuff like emergency cell station antennas and sensors.
kytoon  aerostat  tethered  balloon  kite  blimp  radio  relay  basestation  cell  cellphone  helikite 
october 2017 by asteroza
LTA windpower | Main Page
Interesting that they use hydrogen as their primary lifting gas (which is reasonable) as a way to defeat tether mass that has to be lifted, to allow higher altitudes. But, why can't you do something like GreenDiver with a hard inflated shell wing structure, with an inner lift gas cavity?
LTA  aerodyne  aerostat  kite  tethered  blimp  airship  airbone  wind  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
january 2015 by asteroza
Slightly insane airborne hydroelectric powerplant. The idea is to use a tethered blimp holding a fog/dew/cloud catching screen to grab water from air/clouds, with the tether doubling as a tube. The hydraulic head is non-trival, and can be shunted through through a water turbine to make power and recover the water for purification. If the generated power is enough, I suppose you could generate hydrogen gas on site for the blimps.
airborne  power  generator  tether  tethered  blimp  aerostat  balloon  fog  dew  mist  water  vapor  collector  mesh  screen  hydroelectric  green  energy  Delicious 
august 2014 by asteroza
Floating avatar
Apparently Sony CSL worked on a blimp telepresence avatar...
Sony  floating  avatar  UAV  blimp  telepresence  system  research  hardware  electronics  devices  Delicious 
july 2011 by asteroza
Altaeros Energies
Basically an inflatable shroud that lifts a wind turbine contained within it, and operates like a high altitude blimp kite.
altitude  high  tube  ducted  duct  hybrid  aerostat  blimp  kite  dynastat  airship  airborne  shrouded  wind  turbine  power  generator  green  energy  Delicious 
june 2011 by asteroza
The Edgefighter | An open dialogue on innovation in the defense industry.
funny blog by the guys doing the system integration for the Air Force's Blue Devil surveillance airship/intelligence data server in the sky platform. Blue Devil is a conventional airship promoted by the Air Force, as opposed to LEMV, a hybrid airship being pushed by the Army that does similar persistent surveillance.
MAV6  airship  aircraft  surveillance  sensor  platform  hybrid  aerodyne  blimp  LEMV  military  blue  devil  blog  humor  persistent  Delicious 
january 2011 by asteroza
TCOM Home Page
These guys will be building the blue devil surveillance blimp for use in Afghanistan, which will be a super eye in the sky, coupled with an onboard server cluster to process data in realtime, and a wireless intelligence server onboard to feed only selected data to requests from the ground and in the air, rather than pumping everything offboard via a firehose data link.
blimp  aerostat  airship  surveillance  platform  aircraft  vehicle  military  sensor  transportation  flying  realtime  data  analysis  server  cluster  blue  devil  LEMV  hardware  electronics  wide  area  targeted  Delicious 
january 2011 by asteroza

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