Sophont
Saturday, January 17, 2004
 
SKYACHT: "Skyacht Aircraft, Inc., is actively developing a 'pleasure craft for the sky' called the Personal Blimp. Our goal is to create a craft capable of silent, steerable, sustained, and affordable flight. No such craft exists today.

The Personal Blimp will play a role akin to that of the small sailboats called 'day sailers': for pleasure jaunts of a few hours or less, made when weather conditions are relatively calm, and typically returning to the point of departure.

The Personal Blimp will use hot air for lift and virtually silent electric motors for propulsion. To put it another way: the Personal Blimp will be a hot air balloon that can be maneuvered about in nearly perfect quiet. Passengers in a Personal Blimp will have a serene experience of flight unavailable in any other type of aircraft.

When not in use, the Personal Blimp can be deflated and folded for storage (like a hot air balloon). It will not require a hangar for storage."

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