Billowing to more than 10 stories high and endowed with 10,000 pounds of lift, this lighter-than-air craft
will carry a special payload: a hightech collage of instruments that will listen to the faint, primordial whisper of radiation that bathes the cosmos.
Zeppelin, the story of lighter-than-air craft
. (reprint, 1937)
Later, when technology introduced radio communications to cockpits, airplanes also took away the artillery direction mission from the lighter-than-air craft
. Before the end of the wa r, airplanes dominated the airspace over the battlefield, and by the Second World War, airplanes had become a significant element of military power.
As most of the crafts were produced in Germany, the intervention of World War II quelled further development of lighter-than-air craft design.
It was several years ago that another look was taken at using lighter-than-air craft for hauling large cargo, in response to a survey of members of the German Machine and Plant Manufacturers Association.
As most of the crafts were produced in Germany the intervention of World War II quelled further development of lighter-than-air craft
Last year's attempt had to be canceled for lack of adequate weather conditions, but once floating on the prevailing winds, the lighter-than-air craft
should cover about 1800 miles a day at an average speed of 75 miles per hour.
Hot-air-balloon pilots from around the globe go to the Fiesta to show off not only their lighter-than-air crafts
, but also their flying abilities.