Accession Number : ADD005514

Title :   Rigid Airship Statement of Government Interest.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : March,William L

Report Date : 08 Aug 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Accordingly, it is the general purpose and object of the present invention to provide an improved lighter-than-air vehicle for long endurance flight and moderate-speed air transport. Another object of the present invention is to provide a fully buoyant airship which has greater handling capabilities and maneuverability than prior airships. A further object of the present invention is to provide a fully buoyant air vehicle which can be launched and landed safely without the need for extensive ground crews. Still another object of the present invention is to provide a rigid airship which can hover effectively above a landing area, vertically descend to a safe landing, and taxi to its mooring without the aid of a ground crew. A still further object of the present invention is to provide a fully buoyant rigid airship which can be efficiently and economically manufactured.

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Airships, *Rigidity, Hovering, Landing, Buoyancy, Low velocity, Aerodynamic characteristics, Mooring, Ground crews, Flight control systems, Automation

Subject Categories : Lighter-than-air Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE