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A09 - Summary of aerodynamic studies on the Lotte airship

In 1997, the airship research group FOGL was established at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Among others, the remotely controlled airship Lotte was chosen as reference configuration to perform scientific investigations in the fields of aerodynamics, flight mechanics and control, aeroelasticity, structural design and solar propulsion systems. The present paper addresses theoretical and experimental aerodynamic studies on the Lotte configuration. An overview on the wind- and water-tunnel tests performed so far and a summarized description of the theoretical models developed is given. Some recent results are discussed in more detail.

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