lighter-than-air craft


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Noun1.lighter-than-air craft - aircraft supported by its own buoyancy
aircraft - a vehicle that can fly
airship, dirigible - a steerable self-propelled aircraft
balloon - large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air
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The amount of helium that lighter-than-air craft use around the world--if you include party balloons, weather balloons, anything that floats in the air--it's 15 percent of the global helium market; a fleet of 100 Airlanders would use less than one percent of the world's annual production.
Talking of lighter-than-air craft, Northrop Grumman's Lemv long-endurance multiple-intelligence gathering airship took to the skies for the first time on 7 August from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Snow Goose's mission was aimed at examining the potential for lighter-than-air craft in collecting geophysical information about the arctic.
During World War II he served in the Navy as an aviator navigating airplanes and lighter-than-air craft on anti-submarine patrols.
The projects include a helium-impermeable membrane for use in lighter-than-air craft and weather/high-altitude balloons; a disposable, low-cost autonomous hover vehicle; and a low-sodium fluid and dispenser to reduce pneumonia and chronic lung disease among ventilated intensive care patients.
An expert in low-cost rocket and airship design and flight, Powell explains how a lighter-than-air craft could be used to lift astronauts into orbit.
THE International Rescue team has to save lighter-than-air craft Skyship One, which is hijacked on its maiden voyage around the world.
Aeros is flight testing its 40B ``Sky Dragon,'' a 143-foot-long lighter-than-air craft from Site 9, adjacent to Air Force Plant 42.