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Russian Airship!

The majestic Вакуумный дирижабль ( Vacuum Dirigible )

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  1. Cral Denimore Cral Denimore October 7, 2010

    Very impressive.  I’m assuming an induced vacuum creates lift?  Too bad I can’t read Cyrillic!

  2. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 7, 2010

    Well, playing with bablefish, the claim is that if the materials are strong enough, a vacuum will provide lift from the pressure of the atmosphere around it.  Time for Mythbusters!

  3. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires October 7, 2010

    Theoretically, yes, if it can hold it’s shape. Just a matter of displacement. I’ll just imagine the metal is some bizarro Lithium-Hydrino alloy. :D


    Beautiful picture.

  4. Avariel Falcon Avariel Falcon October 7, 2010

    Most impressive vacuum airship, maybe this is the way of the future!

  5. Alana Steamweaver Alana Steamweaver October 8, 2010

    Most impressive.  Doesn’t vaccuum give a 7% improvement of lift over hydrogen?  Most promising!

  6. Gabriell Anatra Gabriell Anatra October 8, 2010

    That is damned impressive! It looks almost more Star Trek than steampunk though. Even so, beauty!


  7. Glaubrius Valeska Glaubrius Valeska October 8, 2010

    And if you punch a hole in it, you will get drawn inside instead of propelled away!

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