||The Reference on Airships
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
|Technical Data for UPship Airships
||32 m (105 ft)
||6.4 m (21 ft)
||630 m3 (22,250 cu ft)
||111 km/h (69 mph)
||528-828 km (327-516 mi)