The Tandem airship is a low cost micro airship
capable of flight to 110,000 feet. Tandem fills the
free balloons and complex high altitude airships. We developed the Tandem as a construction
tool for the Dark Sky Station. It will also be used as a "mothership" for miniature, high speed, test airships.
High Racks, (Away Missions) have been the workhorse for Airship to Orbit development so far. Tandem will
now step into that role.
Tandem consists of two balloon separated by a truss. Tandem is driven by propellers on electric motors.
Front, (without balloons)
High Altitude Propellers
We've made a lot of quick trips to the edge of
space. Now it's time to extend our stay. To accomplished that we need
infrastructure. Before we can begin construction we need tools. Tandem
is that tool. It's our truck, backhoe, and crane.
Side view. The rings allow the balloons
to rotate fore and aft. View from below. The frame is 30 feet
long, the airship is 120 feet long at peak altitude.
test Tandem being launched.
Several organization and agencies has expressed an interest in Tandem. In addition to construction work Tandems are
to the Main Tandem page.
page was last edited on November 5, 2007
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