A radical new kind of airship funded by the US military is about to make its first test flight - and it looks uncannily like the Thunderbird 2 craft from the classic TV show.
The Aeroscraft airship will carry three times as much as the biggest military cargo planes over thousands of miles, use a third of the fuel, and it doesn't even need a landing strip.
It could also have major implications for cargo haulage, and almost everything now laboriously transported across the planet's surface by boat, train and lorry could within years be carried through the skies, its makers claim.
This is interesting, but the Pentagon has already successfully flown (August 2012) a fully developed 304ft long airship built by Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd (HAV) of Bedford UK (in partnership with Northrop - Grumman) as a Military Surveillance Platform. for use in Theatres of War (Afghanistan). I am very proud to have had some involvement in this airship at an early stage.
HAV may also develop a 1000Ton Lift airship for specific markets. Airships are virtually impervious to attacks by ground based artillery (the rents in the fabric being too small to actually cause catastrophic gas escape - leading instead to a gradual, controlled, degradation of lift).
Check out their site, and be a little less impressed with what the Pentagon are proposing
Not front line maybe but imagine if you wanted to move all your military to an allied country next door, such as what they did during the Gulf wars. Rather than dozens of cargo planes flying in and out, it would just require one or two blimps to carry all the equipment in. Everything would be on site incredibly quickly, all together, ready to operate much faster and most of all in these economic times, much, much cheaper!
I am not sure on the height limits of the vehicle but most enemies of the state tend to countries with military limitations rather than Russia or China who could counter it! It therefore could be possible for it to hover over a country like Afgahnistan, Yemen, maybe Syria and survelliance at a safe height while also carrying a compliment of fully fuelled and armed Drones on board for attacks.
Try not to be so open minded, your brains fall out!
I am bored with this planet !!!
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:22 PM
This is the future, Imagine a floating aircraft carrier, twice as large as what we have in the waters. It would look like this air craft but HUGE! with a flat deck on top that could house 40 plus aircraft and maintain its position for 6 plus months. Refuelers and supply floatillas servicing these craft. This craft wold have the same countermeasures that our current Naval vessels use to prevent being sunk or shot down. It would allow us to hover a base, above our enemy and rain down thousands of android or humanoid troops at a moments notice. It would have large Air locks for Smaller Air ships to Dock for ground support.
Now take it to the next level of the imagination....It could travel into space just like the ballon that a human leaped from and avoid re entry burn up, by never re-entering.
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Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:49 PM
Why call it "UFO"? This is simply a Zeppelin, one of the oldest technologies. A modern version of the Hindenburgh, nothing more. It is ridiculous to insinuate SciFi technology when basically this is just a modern balloon.