Date of Award
Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Anthony N. Palazotto, PhD.
Due to the many drawbacks associated with a traditional lighter than air vehicle (LTAV), there is a desire for a LTAV which generates lift from an internal vacuum. To date, two feasible designs (the icosahedron and the hexakis icosahedron) for this so called vacuum lighter than air vehicle (VLTAV) have been studied at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). This research looks to show the feasibility of a new design for a VLTAV, the celestial icosahedron. This research includes a boundary condition study which proves the symmetric nature of the celestial icosahedron's frame with laterally constrained and unconstrained vertices. This research also presents three feasible designs of various structural diameters (0.8001, 1.2192, and 0.7576 meters) for the celestial icosahedron.
DTIC Accession Number
Moore, Kyle D., "Quasi-Static Nonlinear Analysis of a Celestial Icosahedron Shaped Vacuum Lighter Than Air Vehicle" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 1779.