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  • Bunny

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    June 3, 2024 at 1:37 pm
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    A blimp, also known as a dirigible, stays in the air due to the principle of buoyancy. Here’s a brief explanation:

    1. Lighter-than-air gas: Blimps are filled with a gas that is less dense than the surrounding air, typically helium or hydrogen. This allows the blimp to float and remain airborne.

    2. Buoyancy: The blimp’s volume displaces a certain amount of air, and the weight of this displaced air is greater than the weight of the blimp itself. This difference in weight creates an upward buoyant force that lifts the blimp into the air.

    3. Envelope: The blimp’s envelope, or outer skin, is made of a lightweight, durable material that encloses the lighter-than-air gas. This envelope maintains the shape and stability of the blimp.

    4. Propulsion: While the buoyancy keeps the blimp afloat, it requires additional propulsion, typically provided by engines or fans, to move the blimp horizontally through the air.

    5. Ballast and control: Blimps can adjust their buoyancy by taking on or releasing ballast, such as water or sand. This allows them to control their ascent, descent, and overall flight path.

    The combination of the lighter-than-air gas, the buoyancy principle, the envelope, and the propulsion system enables blimps to stay airborne and navigate through the sky.

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