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K-04 A legal view of balloons and air ships in their beginnings

Between 1906 to 1910 the number of balloons and steerable airships
increased and the first ideas of "flying machines", i.e. aircrafts arose.
Visions and fictions with hundreds of "aerostats" in a limited air
space became imaginable and is provable since 1804, e.g. for future
military activities. Subsequently, related legal aspects had to be
specified, clarifying and finally also regulations have to enact on
aeronautical traffic in an international frame. This to cover military as
well as civil activities. The presentation includes the following topics:

K-03 Full-metal airship of the Russian philosopher

Back in 1886 Ziolkovsky [Tsiolkovski] worked out an original conception of an all-metal airship of changeable volume. Ziolkovsky offered not just a
project of a single airship, but also an idea of a global transport
system, safe and cost-effective, as well as a plan of its realisation. At
present a group of specialists under the aegis of the Russian
Aeronautical Society is working on the DZ-N1 transport airship with
payload of 180 tons, based on ideas of Ziolkovsky. The scientist’s
prophecies concerning rocket technologies and space exploration

K-02 Airplane or Airship? The Cultural Dimensions of a Transatlantic Debate

This paper is a preliminary investigation of a chapter in a history
of transatlantic flight currently being written. It briefly surveys the
debate that surrounded the use of airships in Transatlantic
service in the interwar years, and to frame the issue in the
context of both prestige and technological choice. Although
imagery and national pride influenced public opinion in this
matter, historical accounts generally assume that the dirigible
would have failed in any case. In fact, under the conditions of

K-01 Learning from the past: Using historical material to help establish ground handling procedures for large airships

All the airships operating in the world today use ground handling
techniques based on those developed by Goodyear for the US
Navy Second World War blimps. These techniques have evolved
further in the intervening years since the last US Navy blimp
programme ended in the early 1960's. The procedures are now
proven to be safe and reliable in the field and they are well
understood and approved by the current regulatory aviation
authorities. However these ground handling techniques, which

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