The Future for Airships

The anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster recently passed on May the 6th. The event became something of a landmark in modern  transportation as interest in airships waned over safety concerns and the appeal of the airplane as a faster mode of transportation. For a long time, the airship became something appreciated for it’s novelty rather than its practicality.

But all of that could change in the future. Is There a Future for Airships? written by Bruce Dorminey and The Daily Climate for Scientific American addresses the notion of dirigibles being used in the future as a means for transporting cargo.

These cousins of the old airships of the twentieth century are a cross between lighter than air technology and fixed wing aircraft. The advancements made in airship technology have been astounding, and the airship’s ability to do things aircraft cannot, such as landing without an airship or tarmac and its significantly smaller demands for fuel, make the dirigible an interesting contender for the future of aerospace.

To read all about it, check out the article here.

3 comments on “The Future for Airships

  1. Larry says:

    What the article fails to mention is that we’re running out of helium. Our supply will probably run out in 30 years. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/why-the-world-is-running-out-of-helium-2059357.html

  2. This is very intriguing indeed. I’ve often wondered why (beyond the Goodyear Blimp) we haven’t seen more attention being given to airships. Maybe the helium issue is it, Larry. Isn’t there still a huge helium factory in the Panhandle of Texas (around Amarillo?)

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