Expanding the Envelope

Source: Royal Aeronautical Society – aerosociety.com

By Tim Robinson 

At a RAeS Flight Test Group Lecture, Hybrid Air Vehicles detailed the flight test progress and next steps in flying one of world’s biggest and most innovative aircraft – the Airlander 10 hybrid airship. Tim Robinson reports.

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French blimps to test Guam weather

Source: The Guam Daily Post – postguam.com

By Tihu Lujan

Innovative balloons may improve weather forecasting

Five French meteorologists are on Guam testing a set of miniature blimps that may lead to innovative weather forecasting.

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Goodyear Blimp Wingfoot Two Goes West

Source: Goodyear – goodyearblimp.com

Tiremaker’s newest airship to fly over 10 states on journey to California home Continue reading

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Alphabet’s Project Loon gets OK to use balloons to revive Puerto Rico cell service

Source: USA Today – usatoday.com

By Mike Snider

The Federal Communications Commission has given Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory approval to deploy its Project Loon balloon-based communications system to provide cellular connectivity in hurricane-damaged Puerto Rico.

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LMH-1 airship “float out” pushed to 2019

Source: Skies – skiesmag.com

By Howard Slutsken

Originally planned for next year, the first flight of Lockheed Martin’s LMH-1 hybrid airship is now expected in 2019, according to Dr. Bob Boyd, program manager, LMH-1.

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