* MicroFlight Inc, in business since 1997
* Over 200 Blimps delivered world wide
* Over 1000 events over the past years.
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Dozens of satisfied clients and end-users Including...
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Frequently Asked Questions
Performance and Operation:
How fast do eBlimps fly?
Typically, eBlimps are set up to fly about 25 mph, but generally, the smaller ones are a bit slower, and the larger ones are a bit faster. A 10 ft 300 watt system will fly around 20 mph (32 KMH), while a 25 ft 2400 watt system can fly over 40 mph (64 KMH).
How long do eBlimps fly?
1 hour is typical, however eBlimps can be designed to fly anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours and can be custom built to meet your needs.
How long does it take to recharge?
Usually, eBlimps come with a charger that is programmed to charge the batteries in about 2-3 hours. they can be charged faster, but 2-3 hours is a good speed that keeps the batteries in good condition.
How much weight can an eBlimp carry? larger blimps can handle larger payloads. small 10 ft (3meter) blimps can carry about 3 oz (100 grams) and larger 40 ft (12 meter) blimps can carry up to 25 lbs (10kg). When ordering a blimp, always specify your intended usage so we can make sure we are selling you the right product.
Can eBlimps hover in one place?
Yes, eBlimps have this ability. however, they fly most efficiently in slow forward flight.
How much wind can an eBlimp handle? eBlimps are easy to fly in winds of 10 mph, as long as you are in clean (non-turbulated) winds. so, flying on a windy beach is usually easier than flying in an urban environment, as the buildings will cause the winds to be very turbulated. in general, the larger blimps can handle the higher winds better, while the smaller blimps are more agile to handle the slower, yet turbulated winds. Our traind staff has flown blimps in winds as high as 25 mph (40 km/hour), but it is certainly not easy. VIDEO LINK
What is the set up time required for an eBlimp? When you are well experienced with your equipment, you can go from deflated to inflated and ready to fly in less than an hour. Infact, for the smaller 3 - 4 meter systems, we typically can set up in about 30 minutes or less. You can also chose to travel with your system inflated in a trailer and eliminate all but 3 minutes of set up time.
Is it easy to fly? When there are no winds, or you are opperating indoors, eBlimps are VERY easy to fly. However, opperating in the winds can be quite tricky if you are not experienced. Typically, those that are very good with conventional RC planes, or Helicopters will find it fairly easy to operate in the winds. The most challenging aspect is turbulated winds, which are caused from winds blowing around buildings, stadiums or other structures. VIDEO LINK
Do I need to use helium? Yes, Helium ins the only lighter than air gas that is safe to use.
What materials do you use for manufacturing your Blimp envelope? Our standard RC Blimps are made from Urethane. PolyesterUrethane to be specific. We also have Nylon, TPU (AKA, ThermoPlastic Urethane, PolyetherUrethae or extruded urethane) PVC, Vynil, and BoPet (mylar) available.
What is the Difference in materials... pvc vs urethane vs nylon?
*Polyester Urethane is the best choice when available do to its strength and helium retention. the leakage rate is very slow. It is truly rip stop, and stretches enough to prevent accidental bursting. The down side to PolyesterUrethane is that it is difficult to print on or make complex shapes. Small amount of printing on this is easy, but full digital printed balloons is a slow, tedious and expensive task. Complex shapes require a welding process that is also very slow and expensive. For this reason, TPU or PVC are often times used.
*PVC is the fastest easiest material to work with, also, very porous and easily torn, therfore usually the Cheapest for full digital print or complex shapes, however usually not strong enough to handle the stresses of windy outdoor operation.
*TPU is often the solution for these high performance complex printed shapes, as it can be printed, and welded reasonably, and is middle of the road cost.
*Nylon is a very rigid material, so it has the draw back of showing wrinkling instead of smooth contouring. Also, becasue it does not stretch, you have a higher chance of bursting a nylon blimp during accidental over inflation.
*Mylar type materials are only good for extremly light weight micro size blimps. it is very light weight and holds helium wonderfully, but it tears too easily to me used with anything large or used in a profesiaonal environment.
Do eBlimps use a 2 layer system for the envelope? We can if you like. the 2 layer system is not recomended though. the concept is, very light weight airtight internal layer,