LS-LT1, LS-LT15-V2, LS-LT20 and LS-LT40
These Luffships are tethered lenticular aerostats with a central riser line system (a winch for big types) allowing their ascent under ground control to a maximum height of say 60 m, providing a platform for people and/or systems, recovered to ground level and moored when not in use for safe keeping.
The designs are a further way to gain test data and a revenue stream for subsequent dirigible types that also use a single central line as the last restraint to release for launch and the first for capture. The aerostats, mooring and protection methods also are similar to those for Low Captured Aerostats and intended for dirigible types.
Types designed are as shown respectively above and below. As elevated platforms they notionally will be able for: LS-LT1 (Ø1 m) 100 gm, LS-LT15-V2 (Ø15 m) 200 kg, LS-LT20 (Ø20 m) 600 kg and LS-LT40 (Ø40 m) 5000 kg payloads.
With reduced drag form, they should drift downwind less than spherical balloon types, be steadier and, when moored, manage higher winds (storms).
Enthusiasts who perhaps would like to build or buy and operate the small LS-LT1 may gain pricing and agreement forms for: cooperation, drawings, materials, guidance documents and support from contact.
Naturally, designs for higher altitudes and other sizes could follow – depending on what operators’ want. Note: The fin design is retractable but notional (may not be needed). Further types suiting customer needs thus are possible, which may be arranged through contact.
Although designs for the larger (manned) types have been prepared they are not ready for prototype production, test and the certification programme yet, needing finance to continue. Please contact us if you would like to support their further development or be an operator for them.