A new book, Principles of Aerostatics, is now available, and will be reviewed in the September issue of Airship. The book presents the complete theory of static lift for airships, aerostats and balloons. Concepts are laid out, and building on the derivation of temperature, pressure, density and humidity in the atmosphere and the gas laws, formulas for static lift are derived. The variation of lift with atmospheric and airship parameters, climb and descent, and flight above pressure height are then explored. Both SI and United States Customary Units are employed throughout, and worked examples and calculator programs are provided. That may sound daunting, but the mathematical process can be followed by a reader with an understanding of high school algebra.
The author, John Taylor, is experienced as a lighter-than-air flight test engineer and consultant, and has flown blimps manufactured by Airship Industries, American Blimp, Loral (Goodyear) and US-LTA. He is a former member of the Airship Association Council, former chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Lighter-Than-Air Technical Committee, and a founding member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers (SFTE) Technical Council.
Paperback 238 pages 25.4 x 17.8 cm 10" x 7"
ISBN-10: 1494810530 ISBN-13: 978-1494810535
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