||The Reference on Airships
Raven Industries / Aerostar
Raven Industries in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and its wholly owned
subsidiary Aerostar have been involved in the airship industry for
decades. Aerostar mainly produces hot air balloons and cold air inflatables
while Raven produces more industrial goods. Raven
was co-founded by Ed Yost, one of the pioneers of modern hot air aerostation.
Under a grant from the Office of Naval Research Yost develped the first
functional, man-carrying and autonomous hot air balloon. Its first flight
took place in Bruning, Nebraska on October 10, 1960, which is generally
considered the birth date of the modern hot air balloon.
In the early seventies, while Raven Industries was still operating
as a single company, one of the first pressurized hot air airships, the
STARship was built in
cooperation with Kurt Rünzi of Switzerland.
More recently, Raven Industries has produced envelopes for manned helium
airships including the
American Blimp Corporation
Lightship and Spector series of airships.
The STARship (Small Thermal Airship by Raven).
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