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Steam powered airships [duplicate]

So is it possible that an airship could actually fly using a steam engine? For example a blimp like airship that could carry a dozen or so people, as well as coal for a fuel source, and obviously a ...
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What are the consequences of using limited anti-gravity for steampunk-style airships?

The Scenario: Airships are awesome, but in the real world airship design is greatly constrained by the problem of lift. It seems like this, above all else, is what makes the elegant and compact ...
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How to make the era of airships last longer?

Yet another airship question. We now all know that it would be impossible to build an airship of any practical size or effectiveness before the 19th century, and that once a civilisation is advanced ...
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How might airships be made using 18th century technology?

Using only what is available in the 18h century, across any culture, what might airships look like in such a culture, assuming that an inventor used the resources he had to create one.
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Depth charges in Venusian (or gas giant) atmosphere?

My AEROSTAT CITY is under siege by space pirates! Picture Dubai on air pillows. I imagine a chain of a few dozen aerostat "city blocks" linked together like a pontoon bridge to form a long flexible ...
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How could something fly (steampunk tech) without lifting gas?

In my universe the tech is steampunk and I want a better way of getting around in the air then lifting gas, helium or hydrogen. Bullets can easily puncture gas sacks and I really want something else ...
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Purpose of Engineered Organic Flying Whales

This is question #1 regarding the background art of Worldbuilding.SE One of the first things I noticed when I found this site was that amazing background picture. I like to think a great story can ...
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Using airships for air assaults

I've started planning a turn-based tactics game in the world I'm building, and I'm thinking of making the focus be on an airship assault force. The idea here is a transplant of the Vietnam-era UH-1 to ...
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Why design the reincarnated HMS Hood to be able to fly? [closed]

It has been almost a century since the pride of the British navy was sunk by the greatest threat to the allies that ever floated. The fateful day came when a plunging shell from Bismarck exploded the ...
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Realistic Airships

I'm looking for an answer concerning a steam powered airship. The steam is generated via coal burning. The ship is propelled by an X amount of steam engine propellers (think Besler steam plane). The ...
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What happens when my airplanes go into space?

Obviously, it's not a good idea. The premise: An advanced species has a plot to remove everything in our airspace and place it 1.5 million kilometers away from Earth. Their purpose is a misguided ...
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Airship weapons, gliders

Hello World Builders, In the world I'm designing, the most advanced nations chose to focus heavily on natural helium (readily available in this world) airships for reasons justified by the world (...
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Combat in “age of sail” air ship

Assume that you've conquered the issue of flotation, probably using some very-much-lighter-than-air gas bladder, allowing your ships to take to the skies. Assume also that you've invented a way to ...
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Consequences of Earth-like planet with denser atmosphere

Assumptions - atmospheric pressure is 3 atm, but partial pressure of oxygen is comparable to earth, the rest is mostly nitrogen. Planet is tidally locked and insignificantly heavier. (for simplicity ...
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What would make airships viable economically?

Imagine you have any kind of conditions for the world, any time period — assuming airships are working on laws of physics (no steampunkish "deus ex machina" garbage), what would make an abundance of ...
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What ways are there to keep a steady altitude with large fluctuations regarding load?

Setting: In my world I've introduced some science-defying material. I use it to grant the ability of flight to airships that are less Hindenburg-y and more ship-y. They are not literally ships that ...
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Floating buildings on Venus. What shapes are credible?

Venus is being paraterraformed with floating cities. Mechanical machines collect material from the surface and send it floating at an altitude of about 50 Km where conditions are more Earth-like. Here ...
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What events could keep Zeppelins in the air today?

The Hindenburg was a massive failure in blimps, it practically banished them from the skies, it didn't matter that events such as the Hindenburg disaster were not as common as plane crashes today or ...
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Is there any lifting gas that could provide more “lift” than hydrogen?

Or how can you modify (temperature, pressure etc.) of hydrogen or a different gas to get more "lift" in airships, if that's even possible?
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Floating ships on dense clouds?

Making a world where you live in the air, as the surface is not survivable (Venus-like) but there are mountains which serve as islands. I'm gonna leave out the story of the planet as it's not ...
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Airships without huge balloons/gas bags that can still “float” in air, using minimal or no energy

Making a world where you live in the air, as the surface is not survivable (Venus-like) but there are mountains which serve as islands. I'm gonna leave out the story of the planet as it's not ...
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Flying Battleship/ Armored Airship Combat

If armored airships, equivalent to ocean based ships like battleships in size/armor existed, how would combat be carried out? Assume there is some kind of unobtanium that does away with the gas bag ...
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Alternative History: If the Hindenburg Incident Never Happened

The Hindenburg Incident was a very famous tragic part of history, much like the Titanic, but what would happen if the famous airship never burned? Would airships continue to be the dominant force of ...
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How could zeppelin survive onslaughts by a squadron of spitfires during WW2? [closed]

I'm bringing back zeppelin from the good old days and planning to convert it into a formidable air fortress which can withstand the full assault from the likes of at least 15 supermarine spitfires. I ...
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Size of a world with airships

I'm making a world with magic and most if not all tech will run on mana. I have airships in this world but I'm having a hard time deciding how large across the world should be. I want - even with ...
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What would make Electric Airlines possible? [closed]

Let's face it: Fully electric car was total sci-fi just 15 years ago. And the fact that it could drive itself was totally unthinkable. With that in mind, lets talk about next logical step: What ...
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Airship Aircraft Carrier Dimensions

I'm currently writing a military science fiction story set in a post cyberpunk world I've been building. The story focuses on a tank crew, but it also prominently features an enormous airship that ...
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Antigravity Rocks and Ships

Warning: TV Tropes links detected. In a World In The Sky, floating islands are held up by deposits of a mineral that defies the pull of gravity. Things attached to it are held in a sort of neutral ...
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Earliest possible zepplin [duplicate]

In the world I am building the people use large powered blimps. They do have a good reason for using these. What I'm Asking is when could people earliest make blimps If planes didn't happen.
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Anti-gravity engine/power plant for an airborne super carrier/assault carrier

I'm currently world building for a novel of mine that I am currently writing. It is steampunk-themed so the technology I am going to use is steam based. Let's start this at the beginning so you ...
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What would an age of sail flying ship look like?

To clarify by flying ship I do not mean conventional airship. A lot of fantastical depictions of flying ships look like their naval counterparts but in the air. However these have features like ...
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What is the sack-to-ship ratio?

In the world I'm building, the day lasts 9 of their years. This means that they are almost always on the move, living in blimp-like cities and houses. I've been designing these and I am having trouble ...
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Could a bird be a match for a small airship?

Could a large, aggressive bird of prey take an aircraft the size and weight of two motorcycles out of the sky? The bird is about the size of a child, but has sentient intellect. If it got through the ...
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How fuel-efficient are airships?

I'm putting together a steampunk novel, and I'm trying to plot out the course the main characters are taking. Let's say I have a small airship, meant for a crew of half a dozen to a dozen. Let's say ...
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Lighter-Than-Air Bridge Technology

Imagine a very long bridge (Visbi Bridge - named after the designer) across an immense canyon - really almost a wide deep gorge -use on an earth-like world. My concept is that part of the support of ...
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Arctic Airships, Part 2 - Navigation

This is the second question in my Arctic Airships series of questions. The first one is Arctic Airships, Part 1 - Generating Electricity. The setting is outlined in Part 1, but I'll rehash the ...
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Arctic Airships, Part 1 - Generating Electricity

This is the first question in my Arctic Airships series of questions. The second one is Arctic Airships, Part 2 - Navigation. The premise: An Earth-like planet plunged into an ice age roughly 2,000 ...
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How could a sail powered airship work?

I've been wondering if it's possible for an airship to fly by passive means - specifically, no engines (steam or otherwise). I'm thinking in terms of a world where lighter-than-air gas (and it's ...
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What is the earliest that a civilization could develop airships?

Assuming a technological progression roughly similar to that of Europe in our world, what is the earliest that a civilization could have developed rigid-frame airships? For example, one could imagine ...
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What geographic characteristics for a world would be needed/be most beneficial for airships to be a common mode of transportation?

Airships are a hallmark of countless steampunk and dieselpunk constructed universes. Of course, in our world, they were around for a short while. I want to know what effects geographical circumstances ...
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How can I make steampunk airships less flimsy?

I've been thinking about a steampunk style world where a lot of the transport is done with balloon powered airships. Obviously there are conflicts and I'm trying to think of ways these craft could be ...