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Message no. 1
From: Anders Swenson <anders@**********.COM>
Subject: Re: Gasbags (once and future Vehicle Storage Requirements +
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 21:40:42 -0800
Gurth wrote:

> According to Mike Bobroff, at 16:15 on 26 Nov 98, the word on
> the street was...
> ...snip...
> > True, a zeppelin could be collapsed, but it would also take a frag of a long
> > time to put back together again too.
> Zeppelins cannot readily be collapsed, I feel -- a zeppelin is an airship
> with a rigid metal framework to which gas bags are attached; the outer
> shell is really only there for streamlining. Blimps are, IIRC, more like
> inflated balloons, with the pressure inside keeping them in the shape
> they're supposed to be. IOW, I feel a blimb could be folded up, but a
> zeppelin would either have to be dismantled and then re-build, or designed
> with a collapsable structure (which would add a _lot_ to the cost).

..snipped popcorn turret...

Don't forget, you can't just re-inflate a LTA gasbag with jusst anything; Its gotta
be H2 or He. Of course, if you didn't want it to fly... --Anders

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