Aeros has begun outdoor tethered flights of its Dragon Dream rigid-hull hybrid airship, with a first free flight of the subscale demonstrator expected shortly. The variable-buoyancy vehicle reached at altitude of around 50 ft. on its first tethered flight outside the Tustin, Calif., airship hangar on Sept. 7. This followed the award of a FAA experimental certificate allowing company-funded research and development flights. Previous testing of the 266 ft.-long vehicle under the ...

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