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Science Museum Solar Airship

3.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Solar Airship uses the sun’s rays to inflate itself
  • No pump required
  • Airship is 8m long when fully inflated
  • Can be split it into two 4m sections
  • Made from black high-density film

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Technical Details
Item Weight231 g
Product Dimensions15 x 15 x 20 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:1 month and up
Item model numberSM 1028
Main Language(s)German manual, German
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
  
Additional Information
ASINB000AAGNUG
Best Sellers Rank 177,820 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight299 g
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Date First Available1 Jan. 2002
  
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This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

Product Description

Please Note: Unfortunately we are no longer stocking this product, please do not click the 'E-mail me when back in stock' option. For great alternatives, check out the products below! The kite is dead. Long live the Solar Airship, heir apparent to the kite's 30 centuries of dominance of the skies. The Solar Airship might look like an eight metre bin liner, but it's wise not to be fooled. To unleash its might, just fill it with common-or-garden air, and it will amply demonstrate the power of solar energy. This Airship is different from anything invented by the Montgolfier Brothers or Count von Zeppelin... and simply uses nature's most abundant gases and the power of the sun to inflate its sausage-like shape - no pumps or puff are required. All you need is a reasonably calm and sunny day. When exposed to the sun's radiation, the gases in the airship become excited, increasing in temperature and pressure... and lifting the mighty tube majestically into the air. Now here's the really clever bit. A little like a worm cut in two by an inquisitive schoolboy, you can separate the eight metre length of the airship's black high-density film into two 4 metre sections... and get two mini flying machines for the price of one. Then it's up, up and away... though, to avoid interference with low-flying aircraft we heartily recommend that you keep this amazing contraption securely tethered.

Manufacturer's Description

The kite is dead. Long live the Solar Airship, heir apparent to the kite's 30 centuries of dominance of the skies. The Solar Airship might look like an eight metre bin liner, but it's wise not to be fooled. To unleash its might, just fill it with common-or-garden air, and it will amply demonstrate the power of solar energy. This Airship is different from anything invented by the Montgolfier Brothers or Count von Zeppelin... and simply uses nature's most abundant gases and the power of the sun to inflate its sausage-like shape--no pumps or puff are required. All you need is a reasonably calm and sunny day. When exposed to the sun's radiation, the gases in the airship become excited, increasing in temperature and pressure... and lift the mighty tube majestically into the air. Now here's the really clever bit. A little like a worm cut in two by an inquisitive schoolboy, you can separate the eight metre length of the airship's black high-density film into two 4 metre sections... and get two mini flying machines for the price of one. Then it's up, up and away... though, to avoid interference with low-flying aircraft we heartily recommend that you keep this amazing contraption securely tethered.



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Do this in the park on a calm and sunny day and kids and adults alike will flock towards you. To see this 25 foot, black, 'solar sausage' up in the sky is surreal, weird and great fun. Take a roll of sticky tape with you to repair small holes and rips. When it is low down kids want to chase, grab and wack it which is when the rips will occur. Mine has been used several times with large groups of kids and probably has half a roll of tape holding it together but it still flies.
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This is basically a giant black bin bag. Take it out to the park on a sunny day, it fills with air, tie it with some string and watch it inflate and rise.My son enjoyed it - but it is a bit of a one time wonder. Bit pricey for what it is.
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Not very durable but excellent fun. We should have chosen a bigger area to inflate it as it got torn on the television aerial!!!! You need lots of space but it is excellent and so easy.
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You will have fun with this toy, kids love watching it heat up and rise in the air. It's dramatic. They love how high it goes. Make sure you have wide open space around you so it doesn't break on a hedge, fence when it comes down. You can repair small holes with cellotape tho so that's good too.
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this is essentially a very large black plastic bin liner - made from exceptionally thin plastic.

Open it out, walk around with it a bit to fill it with air, seal the end, let the trapped air heat up in the sun and watch it lift up.

Issues: it is very long and you do need a lot of space to open it out. If it catches on ANYTHING it will tear. If there is no breeze it is tricky to fill with air. Too much breeze and it is likely to swing around and catch on house / tree / wall etc and tear. My advice would be to take it to a cricket pitch with lots of space and smoothly cut grass and you might stand a chance.

My son got through an entire (small) roll of cellotape mending holes but did manage to get it 'flying' for a few minutes, enjoyed it while it lasted but got frustrated by the persistent breakages.

It is a single use 'experiment', I wouldn't buy it again unless it was at a seriously reduced price.
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I like things that fly and the Mrs brought this home. The British summer has been raining for months and finally the 2 day summer was here and one day was no wind. Best advice is bring a roll of sticky tape with you. Yes kids will flock to you and then must be very gentle. It does fly just make sure that it stays filled with air then about 5-10mins later when its tries to float get it on one end and make sure that the it is not in shade. We did get it to fly on the 1st go but I forgot to tie the kite string to it correctly and at about 30m up in the air the string came off and the balloon sailed up. Lucky the end started to come undone and the air began to spill out and back to earth it came. On the next launch I found that a thistle had put holes in but with some tape that was soon fixed. The sun was getting low but after about 10-15 mins it was up and taking line. We used about 98% of the line and I was not sure if the other end was attached so we stopped. We could hear kids shouting in the distance "whats that!!??" My little boy loved it and when it was on the ground he loved chasing it and trying to help me launch it. You must have the right conditions and yes it can be torn but if you have kids that are in to things that fly get one. Get yourself outside and use it. Make sure you have a BIG space and no wind. Beaware that once it starts to climb it does really want to take all the line you can give it! If It breaks I will buy another!
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By karen on 17 Jan. 2010
This toy was great fun. It needs a lot af space. It was very fragile and this was the second one we purchased due to the firat one getting ripped easily. Great fun though!
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this truly is amazing, great for a bit of fun, but the enjoyment lasts for hours!!

be sure to tie it down though....

deffinatly recomend it
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