The blimp gondola is made from lightweight styrene which has been vacuum formed to the required shape using a balsa wood mould. The gondola shape has been designed to accommodate the uLinux controller board whilst allowing easy access to all the connectors.

The gondola is attached to the envelope with ‘Sellotape’, which is lightweight and gives a good bond that will not damage the nylon envelope when it is removed. The gondola has been designed to accept various propulsion systems with the incorporation of a modular slide-on unit. This allows any type of propulsion system to be used on a single blimp without the need to replace the complete gondola. The blimp landing gear is attached to the propulsion unit and provides protection against heavy landings with its bendy carbon fibre legs.

Gondola bottom view

Gondola front view


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