The Airship Simon

Simon is a research project with the purpose to build a large-scale model of an airworthy radio-controlled airship with minimal resources and a design never seen before. As a so-called blimp , it has no rigid internal structure and obtains the shape of its hull only by internal overpressure. The only solid parts are the gondola and the tail fins. The advantages of this nonrigid structure are obvious. Not only is the ship many times lighter than a comparable rigid airship, but also almost as resistant to weather conditions, if an adequate envelope material is chosen.
With a length of 4.8 m, Simon's dimensions are adapted to outdoor weather conditions. The smaller a blimp gets, the harder it is to control it in even small currents of air.
Simon is unique in many aspects:

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