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 Self-Sealing Airship



Although the airship is able to land and take off using solely the power output of its engines combined with the benefits of counter acting ailerons it has to be faced that the weather will not always remain calm and kind to large, lightweight airship especially at low velocity. Furthermore, it cannot be contemplated that an operational craft would fly halfway round the world only to be forced to abandon its mission because of extreme weather conditions that rule at the time of arrival at the deployment zone making any craft’s stability hard to control when attempting landing. Additionally, such prolonged landing requires extensive amount of thrust, consumes considerable amounts of fuel and make an extended stay of weeks, or even months at the landing zone impossible to contemplate. 

Each section is therefore fitted with a (patent pending) explosive coiled bolt anchoring system that drives spiral anchors deep into the surrounding terrain and tethers the airship by its belt links. These belts and spiral anchors are, by operational necessity, disposable, and are left behind by the craft when rapid take off is required. Each section will be provided with multiple sets to allow several secured landings during an operation; replacement anchors will be required when servicing can commence after completing a mission. It is certainly feasible that the airship can perform many landings without using this system but having recognised the advantages we have included it in the design as it ensures stability, in silence, for as long as required and most assuredly successfully combats any unforeseen weather conditions. 

This safety feature allows for total stability when unloading even in seriously bad weather conditions, or for the airship to remain as a shelter until the adverse conditions have passed. It also allows, in extreme circumstances such as having been hit by multiple missiles and entering a bad weather front, for the airship to put down and safely await the end of bad conditions until it is safe to continue the journey. The crew of the airship can use this time to effect necessary repairs by removing the damaged segment/s and continuing despite the bad weather to complete its mission.

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