We are interested to help the airship industry (in particular) become successful. For that purpose the following pages are provided to help with general information about lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft, the category they fall under. It also describes the aircraft industry sector that they belong to, where heavier-than-air (HTA) aircraft is the term used to describe types such as aeroplanes and helicopters belonging to the established aircraft industry.
Items covered in this section include:
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Q&As 1 about Luffships
- Q&As 2 about airships generally – Introduction
- What is an airship?
- Why were former airships abandoned?
- Airships are big and slow; aren’t they vulnerable to hostile action?
- How do airships work?
- What happens if an airship gets a hole in it?
- What determines an airship’s size?
- What about weather effects on airship operations?
- Why Airships for surveillance instead of other things, such as: E2s, E3s, 0TH-R, space based sensors, and surface forces for special functions?
We regret that airships don’t feature very much in today’s society and feel that this is partly to do with attitude towards them, shaped by many critics who rarely understand the issues or provide due balance; where it’s an uphill battle to win support for their development. Nonetheless, we think that airships are needed to fulfil duties that HTA aircraft really don’t suit and likely will never enable. We are aware of the issues; where Luffships provide new ways to follow that properly address them.
A basic characteristic or part that sets LTA aircraft apart from their HTA counterparts is their aerostat, which HTA aircraft don’t have. This component is the part that truly is LTA, enabling the natural buoyancy applied by the atmosphere to carry it together with all the other aircraft parts, systems, disposable loads and their payload, which comprises an LTA aircraft’s all up weight (AUW). Indeed, the aerostat needs the weight of all the other necessary aircraft AUW parts to counter the substantial buoyancy it generally enables.
If there are other things that you would like to know more about or have further questions about airships, just let us know. Also, for people who consider they are experts in the art, we should be happy to review any changes or inclusions felt necessary. After all, we are interested in dispelling myths and false or unbalanced information.