Rigid Airship Statement of Government Interest.
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON D C
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Accordingly, it is the general purpose and object of the present invention to provide an improved lighter-than-air vehicle for long endurance flight and moderate-speed air transport. Another object of the present invention is to provide a fully buoyant airship which has greater handling capabilities and maneuverability than prior airships. A further object of the present invention is to provide a fully buoyant air vehicle which can be launched and landed safely without the need for extensive ground crews. Still another object of the present invention is to provide a rigid airship which can hover effectively above a landing area, vertically descend to a safe landing, and taxi to its mooring without the aid of a ground crew. A still further object of the present invention is to provide a fully buoyant rigid airship which can be efficiently and economically manufactured.
- Lighter-than-air Aircraft