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AEROSCRAFT ROLLS OUT

July 4th, 2013. The AEROSCRAFT has made it's first hangar exit. The airship made its exit under its own power and the operation was a complete success.

July 4th, 2013. The AEROSCRAFT has completed its first hangar exit. The operation was a complete success.

Aeros at Air Cargo Europe Convention

Aeros will exhibit details of the Aeroscraft Model ML866 (66 ton payload) and ML868 (250 ton) cargo airship designs at Air Cargo Europe Convention in Munich, Germany this week.

Aeros’ booth number is 124 in Hall A4.

The proof-of-design Aeroscraft vehicle was successfully completed and tested in a hangar at Tustin California at the end of last year. Aeros report that during the conference it will continue dialog with cargo airlines.

NASA Seeks Partner to Re-Skin & Re-Use Hangar 1 At Moffet Field

The U.S. General Services Administration has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to solicit lease proposals for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of NASA's historic Hangar One, at Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA) in the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.

LEMV to be Sold For Scrap?

The US Army has announced that it plans to sell Long-Endurance-Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, (LEMV), possibly for scrap.

TIME LAPSE VIDEO OF BUD BLIMP DECAL APPLICATION

Some interesting time lapse video of decal being applied to the new Budweiser Blimp. Click on the link, or cut and paste to your browser;

http://youtu.be/SePR1GphuOM

The Bud Blimp is Back!

 

The Bud Blimp is back. More than a decade after Budweiser last used an airship to promote their products, the company returns to the skies with an A60+ Lightship (serial number 20) in full decal colour scheme promoting responsible drinking.

It is understood the airship is initially under contract for six months, which could be extended indefinitely.

Thanks to Michael Garwood for the photo.

 

US Congress to Act On Helium Supply

The US Congress are acting to protect the helium supply remaining in the Texas panhandle.

As has been widely reported the Texas helium reserve, which has provided much of the world’s supply for several decades, is running down and the prices kept artificially low by government subsidies, a situation that dates back to the era when the gas was considered as a strategic commodity.

US Army Offers LEMV to NG & HAV

 

The US Army has made official offers to both Northrup Grumman and Hybrid Air Vehicles to purchase the LEMV at cost. It is understood that HAV are looking to raise the funds to the buy the vehicle and use it as test and demonstration vehicle in the cargo role.

Although configured for surveillance missions it is expected that the hybrid airship could carry about four tons of cargo and would be invaluable for testing, developing operational procedures and demonstrating the capabilities of this type of aircraft.  

AIRSHIP as e-journal

I would like to present an idea to the Airship Association:  Biannual e-journals of AIRSHIP.

Issue 179 of AIRSHIP (March '13) contains a letter by Chairman Peter Ward.  He mentions the problem the Airship Association is facing related to producing the journal AIRSHIP, that being the rising cost of printing and postage.  This translates to higher membership fees and so everyone is affected.

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