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Q&A How could an Earth-like planet support all-metal airships?

When I say all-metal airships, I'm referring to something like the above from Jakub Rozalski's artwork - the design is more akin to a naval destroyer or battleship and less like a zeppelin. We'v...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Vigilant‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vigilant‭

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Q&A Post-apocalyptic aircraft

I have a post-apocalyptic scenario, set in the ruins of an American metropolis with flooded streets. Boats are used most of the time, but aircrafts have advantages, for battle or if you have to get...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cee Mon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cee Mon‭

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Q&A What materials and what shapes should be used for struts inside a vacuum airship's envelope?

What materials and what shapes should be used for struts inside a vacuum airship's envelope? The vacuum airship is a theoretical dirigible design were you replace the hydrogen/ other lifting gas w...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by meaninglessname‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by meaninglessname‭

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Q&A Will this anti-gravity airship balloon give me a working vacuum airship?

This is a self-contained follow-up to a different previous question. Based on the answers I got there I've taken a different approach to my original idea, and now want to try using antigravity on ...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Random‭

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Q&A What are the consequences of using limited anti-gravity for steampunk-style airships?

The Scenario: Airships are awesome, but in the real world airship design is greatly constrained by the problem of lift. It seems like this, above all else, is what makes the elegant and compact s...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Random‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Random‭

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Q&A General airship questions: largest possible size?

Airships are cool, and I would love to use them and see them used outside of steampunk a lot more. One key aspect of Airships is that they seem to have the square cube law reversed. For other thing...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Demigan‭

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Q&A Smallest possible size for a manned airship

As far as I know airships, specifically rigid-airships, do not have an upper size limit other than what is required by practicality and how willing you are to build gigantic airship sheds. But one ...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tyler Phelps‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tyler Phelps‭

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Q&A Consequences of Earth-like planet with denser atmosphere

Assumptions - atmospheric pressure is 3 atm, but partial pressure of oxygen is comparable to earth, the rest is mostly nitrogen. Planet is tidally locked and insignificantly heavier. (for simplicit...

2 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Shadow1024‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Shadow1024‭

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Q&A How high can a Victorian-era kite sail be flown?

A big problem with Steampunk airships is how to propel them. Steam engines tend to be too heavy to be useful. And sails cannot be used, because unlike sea-going ships, airships are in contact with ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Eth‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Eth‭

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Q&A How to attach and distribute suspended weight to multiple envelopes?

In my conworld I've got heavily armoured airships majestically floating through the skies with help of a science-defying lighter-than-anything material. While I don't mind introducing a pinch of p...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A Making airships\blimps\dirigibles the dominant form of air transport

While similar to other questions they mostly focused on what impacts required in the past to keep airships as a popular air transport method today, this question is about how to make airships the d...

11 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by cypher‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by cypher‭

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Q&A General airship question: advantages and disadvantages of size?

Airships are cool, and one of the only vehicles that benefits of the square cube law as it can carry more weight if it has more volume of lifting gas. This got me thinking about what other advantag...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Demigan‭

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Q&A What ways are there to keep a steady altitude with large fluctuations regarding load?

Setting: In my world I've introduced some science-defying material. I use it to grant the ability of flight to airships that are less Hindenburg-y and more ship-y. They are not literally ships that...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by dot_Sp0T‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by dot_Sp0T‭

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Q&A Technology for a sci-fi airship

Sometimes old, discredited or impractical ideas come back to favor, because a new technology has evolved. Let us imagine a future Earth-like world (not early 20th century or steampunk) that would ...

9 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by fralau‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by fralau‭

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Q&A Airships in a world with 1/3 gravity but 3 times the mass of atmosphere?

In the first question I posted here on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, I asked if lifting gas would be more effective on a world with 1/3 of Earths gravity but with the same atmospheric composition a...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tyler Phelps‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tyler Phelps‭

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Q&A Lifting Gas in a world with 1/3 of earth's gravity

As many of us probably know airships were one of the great forms of transportation in the 20th century but a great hindrance to their development was weight. In a world I am currently constructing ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Tyler Phelps‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Tyler Phelps‭

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Q&A What geographic characteristics for a world would be needed/be most beneficial for airships to be a common mode of transportation?

Airships are a hallmark of countless steampunk and dieselpunk constructed universes. Of course, in our world, they were around for a short while. I want to know what effects geographical circumstan...

15 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by artist_designer‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by artist_designer‭

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Q&A Would Be Possible To Build A Small, Lightweight Boiler For Airships

I am wondering if it would be possible to make very lightweight and small steam engines for airships. Said airships engines are actually electric, but the boiler generates the electricity (via a ge...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Arctic Airships, Part 1 - Generating Electricity

This is the first question in my Arctic Airships series of questions. The second one is Arctic Airships, Part 2 - Navigation. The premise: An Earth-like planet plunged into an ice age roughly 2,0...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A Could a blimp be powered using thunderstorms?

Could a untethered blimp be built strong enough to with stand a thunderstorm? Could wind generators be placed on it to transfer turbulence of shifting wind into wind power? Rain could be collected...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A How high in the sky are you safe?

I understand that there is wide range of bullet calibers. I am interested in the ones that is 50 caliber or less, and if you can be high enough in a blimp to be safe either by to far to see or to f...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A LED light or heating element?

To generate heat electrically inside a balloon for lift would a 20 watt LED light or a 20 watt heating element make more heat to lift a small closed hot air balloon droid and solar cell? Having a ...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Muze the good Troll.‭

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Q&A What do airships look like in the 1800s?

Say in the later 1700s/early 1800s handwavium is discovered. It's a metal that when heated causes more way more upward lift than hot air or hydrogen/helium produces in similar volumes. Air travel (...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Elazertwist‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Elazertwist‭

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Q&A Saucer-shaped airship: Is it stronger lighter and better?

The classical rigid airship uses a heavy envelope which accounts for the large buoyancy balloon. This comes on account of aerodynamics. My first concept was a thin and long "cigar" where the cockpi...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Christmas Snow‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Christmas Snow‭

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Q&A What planetary conditions would make flight easiest for both lighter than air and heavier than air craft?

What planetary conditions would make flight easiest for both lighter than air and heavier than air craft together? The planet is earth like and habitable, but the conditions can be adjusted to sui...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Slarty‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Slarty‭

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Q&A Lighter-Than-Air Bridge Technology

Imagine a very long bridge (Visbi Bridge - named after the designer) across an immense canyon - really almost a wide deep gorge -use on an earth-like world. My concept is that part of the support o...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by clarkland‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by clarkland‭

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Q&A Purpose of Engineered Organic Flying Whales

This is question #1 regarding the background art of Worldbuilding.SE One of the first things I noticed when I found this site was that amazing background picture. I like to think a great story can...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by BlippThePanda‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by BlippThePanda‭

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Q&A What happens when my airplanes go into space?

Obviously, it's not a good idea. The premise: An advanced species has a plot to remove everything in our airspace and place it 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth. Their purpose is a misguide...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Mikey‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Mikey‭

Question space airships ships air
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Q&A Floating buildings on Venus. What shapes are credible?

Venus is being paraterraformed with floating cities. Mechanical machines collect material from the surface and send it floating at an altitude of about 50 Km where conditions are more Earth-like. H...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by SilverCookies‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by SilverCookies‭

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Q&A What is the sack-to-ship ratio?

In the world I'm building, the day lasts 9 of their years. This means that they are almost always on the move, living in blimp-like cities and houses. I've been designing these and I am having trou...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Uncle Tres‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Uncle Tres‭

Question cities airships
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Q&A Floating ships on dense clouds?

Making a world where you live in the air, as the surface is not survivable (Venus-like) but there are mountains which serve as islands. I'm gonna leave out the story of the planet as it's not impor...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Niko‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Niko‭

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Q&A Size of a world with airships

I'm making a world with magic and most if not all tech will run on mana. I have airships in this world but I'm having a hard time deciding how large across the world should be. I want - even with a...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Johnbluesmi‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Johnbluesmi‭

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Q&A Airship Aircraft Carrier Dimensions

I'm currently writing a military science fiction story set in a post cyberpunk world I've been building. The story focuses on a tank crew, but it also prominently features an enormous airship that ...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Elijah Decker‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Elijah Decker‭

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Q&A Arctic Airships, Part 2 - Navigation

This is the second question in my Arctic Airships series of questions. The first one is Arctic Airships, Part 1 - Generating Electricity. The setting is outlined in Part 1, but I'll rehash the pre...

8 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by HDE 226868‭  ·  last activity 8y ago by HDE 226868‭