[FPSPACE] Atmospheric Blimps on Russia's Horizon

Chuck Donaldson cwdonald@ix.netcom.com
Mon, 25 Sep 2000 14:59:01 -0700


The article states that blimps will fly at 31 miles up ( 163,680 feet)
(50KM).  Is that right?
Blimps flying at 163,000 feet?  Wasn't the unofficial best height for the
SR-71 at about 120,000 feet?
As in the good old Stratospheric Balloons that were largely uninflated at
take off, wouldn't the same have to be done to a blimp that is going up to
163,000 feet?
That puts it somewhere in the E-Layer of the Ionisphere, and well above the
Stratosphere.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Klaes" <lklaes@bbn.com>
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Sent: Monday, September 25, 2000 11:01 AM
Subject: [FPSPACE] Atmospheric Blimps on Russia's Horizon


> Robotic Russian blimps to serve as really low-orbit comsats?
>
> http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/missions/russian_blimp_000919.html
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