Thread: Why Dirigibles?
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Old 05-13-2018, 04:50 PM   #50
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Default Re: Why Dirigibles?

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Originally Posted by Fred Brackin View Post
The problem is that we already have solar-powered planes (drones mostly but sometimes fairly large ones) and they work pretty well even without the virtually weightless solar cells you'd need fpr dirigible skins.
The solar powered planes I know about are made with cutting-edge materials, and are slow, single-seaters. A solar dirigible might have significantly worse cargo and passenger capabilities than fossil fuel versions, because of the weight of solar cells and batteries. (Although they wouldn't have to carry fuel.) But I don't think they would be out-competed by solar planes in the 20th century.
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