Bruce Blake would make the point in December 2001 Page25 Airship No 134 that non-rigid airship envelopes are monocoque, primary structures. He also makes the point such envelopes are capable of catastrophic failure (we know many examples).
Results of the first phase of a rigid airship "D-20" creation for cargo transportation with lifting capacity up to 20 tons are considered. An airship feature is the opportunity of cargo transportation both on an outside load and inside of a vehicle hull.
The Airship Association is supporting Rob Knotts at a STEM Event in Oldham on 30 June 2016, where he will run a stand to introduce LTA to school-children. LTA covers a range of scientific principles, which can be put into practice at a model scale, but which also provides some un-expected challenges.
Mr Don Cameron of Cameron Balloons has agreed to take over the role of President of the Airship Association on the retirement of Dr Bernd Straeter. Dr Straeter has held the position since 2010, and had been very active in his support of the Association, and particuarly supportive with the bi-annual conferences.