Aeros plans free-flights of its Dragon Dream rigid-hull hybrid airship after completing the first outdoor tethered evaluation of the subscale demonstrator on Sept. 7. This followed the award of an FAA experimental certificate allowing company-funded research and development flights. Previous testing of the 266-ft.-long vehicle under the Defense Department-funded Project Pelican was conducted inside the airship hangar at Tustin, Calif., and included a demonstration of Aeros's “control of ...

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