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We are going to produce a complete design for a cargo airship. The requirements are that it should be able to carry at least 500 metric tons of cargo at least 12,000 km at least 90 km/h in 15 km/h headwinds. It should be fully lighter than air, have rigid structure, and use hydrogen lifting gas. What is the first step? | The first step in designing a cargo airship with these specifications is to conduct a preliminary sizing analysis. This will help determine the approximate dimensions and volume of the airship needed to meet the cargo capacity and range requirements. Here's how to approach this initial step:
This preliminary sizing analysis will provide a starting point for more detailed design work in subsequent steps. It's important to note that this process may require several iterations to find a feasible initial design that meets all the specified requirements. |
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