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Future Trends in Logistics and SustainmentAirship Industry Study: In 2015, NASA Ames Research Center completed a study of the overall airship industry. The project called for a report that describes airship concepts proposed or projects initiated in recent years, airship performance or capability targets, and the missions these activities were addressing. The resulting report details the principal technical features of these airships, the proposed value/advantages of the features, notional concepts of operation, and challenges associated with such vehicles. The study investigated the current status and near-term prospects of these airship development activities, whether they are active or, if curtailed, the circumstances and possible reasons for that conclusion, including technical, business, or other mitigating factors. This presentation provides highlights of the Airship Industry Study investigations, findings, and recommendations. UAS Carrier Concept: The advantages of utilizing an airship as an airborne carrier for support and deployment of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are examined. Whether as a stand-alone platform or in concert with conventional aircraft, the airship UAS carrier provides a number of compelling benefits for both military and civilian missions. As a mobile base it can remain operational despite political fallout that may render ground or ocean based UAS sites unavailable. It offers the psychological impact of a power projection tool that has few geographical limits, and holds promise as a new method for cost-saving intelligence gathering. It is also adaptable for civilian variants for supporting: emergency response, security/surveillance, delivery of medical/food supplies, as well as commercial package delivery to metropolitan and remote communities.
Document ID
Document Type
Hochstetler, Ron (Science Applications International Corp. Arlington, VA, United States)
Chachad, Girish (Science Applications International Corp. Arlington, VA, United States)
Melton, John (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Blanken, Matthew (Science Applications International Corp. Arlington, VA, United States)
Bosma, John (ArcXeon International, LLC Los Angeles, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
February 17, 2017
Publication Date
June 9, 2016
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing and Performance
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Meeting Information
Future Trends in Logistics and Sustainment(Washington, DC)
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Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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