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By some interpretations the "aerostat" is distinct from the dirigible:

But Montgolfier's invention did not constitute aerial navigation: the "aerostat," so admirably named from its birth, was passive in the midst of the atmosphere; it was to the airship of man's dreams what the buoy is to the ship, that is, a floating object, the toy of the fluid in which it floats.[1]

A six-language lexicon from the 1910s translates aerostat (=aérostat) into German as Kugelballon, globe-balloon.[2]


  1. Berget, 1909, Conquest of the Air, p. xxiii.
  2. D'Arman, 1914, Lexique aéronautique en six langues, p. iv.
Enclosing categories LTA
Keywords balloon, gas
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