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UPship Corporation

Design work for the UPship prototype began under Jesse Blenn in 1989. The UPship 100 is a two passenger, homebuilt, helium airship intended to become a commercial venture. In 1996, UPship was incoporated in Elba, Alabama. Design was completed in 1997 and construction is expected to begin during 1998. Completion of the UPship 100 prototype and a first flight are planned for 2000.

The UPship 100 is intended as a test bed for innovations that will be applicable to airships of all sizes in the future. Design features of the UPship include a shape of minimum resistence, two propulsion engines in inverted "V" tail fins and a nose mounted thruster for control at all speeds. Two patents are pending for technologies used in the UPship 100.

For more detailed and up-to-date information, please contact the UPship Corporation directly.

Technical Data for UPship Airships
UPship 100-001
Length overall 32 m (105 ft)
Max. diameter 6.4 m (21 ft)
Volume 630 m3 (22,250 cu ft)
Max. speed 111 km/h (69 mph)
Range 528-828 km (327-516 mi)
Endurance 6-12 h
Passengers 2

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