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Small Rigid Airship. Pic taken from a Spanish clone of Popular Mechanics, 1984. No info available.
 

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Fascinating... it looks at first sight like a trade-show model shot, but I'd never heard of this one.
 
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This is from a paper written by Lockheed on the "small rigid airship". The opening paragraph was written by Roy Gibbens of Lockheed....

Has anybody seen this paper?
 

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http://www.netwrx1.com/skunk-works/v05.n199

Can I draw your attention to a Lockheed proposal for a Small Rigid Airship (SRA) going back to 1984.In the introduction to the paper they state "Engineers are no longer restricted to use the classical "Cigar" shapes of the past...Because we can form these new materials to more desirable aerodynamic shapes,we can now develop the small rigid airship to be a practical vehicle."

It goes on to say "These new SRAs will look more like 'Lifting Body Vehicles than Blimps".

The purpose of the paper was not to propose any particular design for the SRA but to discuss it's feasibility. The 'Starship' in their paper is around 160 feet long and 45 feet high.It was to be filled with Helium and hot air.

The abstact was written by Roy Gibbens of Lockheed.
 
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Orionblamblam said:
http://www.netwrx1.com/skunk-works/v05.n199

Can I draw your attention to a Lockheed proposal for a Small Rigid Airship (SRA) going back to 1984.In the introduction to the paper they state "Engineers are no longer restricted to use the classical "Cigar" shapes of the past...Because we can form these new materials to more desirable aerodynamic shapes,we can now develop the small rigid airship to be a practical vehicle."

It goes on to say "These new SRAs will look more like 'Lifting Body Vehicles than Blimps".

The purpose of the paper was not to propose any particular design for the SRA but to discuss it's feasibility. The 'Starship' in their paper is around 160 feet long and 45 feet high.It was to be filled with Helium and hot air.

The abstact was written by Roy Gibbens of Lockheed.
Saw that already. Sure would like to see the paper in question.....
 

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Guess we wont be hearing more about this.....

Roy P. Gibbens died the 24th February 2013.
He was a retired Lockheed engineer and member of the AIAA Lighter-than-Air Systems Technical Committee for 10 years and Chair from 2000-2001.
 

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