What is the difference between Aerostat and Aerodyne?

The difference between aerostat and aerodyne

is that “aerostat” is an aircraft, such as a dirigible or balloon, that derives its lift from buoyancy rather than from wings or rotors and “aerodyne” is a heavier-than-air aircraft, deriving its lift from motion.

aerostat

aerodyne

Noun

  • An aircraft, such as a dirigible or balloon, that derives its lift from buoyancy rather than from wings or rotors.
  • A moored balloon flown in a semi-permanent manner, such as a border patrol monitoring balloon affixed at 18,000 feet (~6 km).

Antonyms

  • (lighter-than-air craft, with respect to its weight relationship with air): aerodyne

Related terms

  • aerostatic

Noun

  • (aviation) A heavier-than-air aircraft, deriving its lift from motion.

Antonyms

  • (with respect to its weight relationship with air): aerostat