Supersonic Blimps

From: Ken Clements (
Date: Mon Jul 24 2000 - 12:06:48 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:

> Hey, if we put our minds to it I bet we could get a blimp
> to go supersonic...

Yes, I think this could be done. I would approach the problem by having the
blimp change shape as it increased in speed. The design would fold up to make
the transition from lighter-than-air to conventional lift. If air displacement
is by He, I would liquefy it during fold up and save it. When materials are
strong enough to use vacuum flotation techniques, this step would not be


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