Airships, the silent, futuristic vessels that float through the skies of alternate histories and ecotopias, aren't just the stuff of science fiction. Here are ten airship that exist today, or are under development for tomorrow.
It's the size of a football field, and can float at 20,000 feet for three weeks at a time. It's the latest surveillance mega-vehicle from Northrop Grumman.
It may not fly, but this zeppelin-shaped retreat built among the trees lets you imagine that you live in an airship floating high above the ground. And, if you happen to pass through Victoria, Australia, it's available to rent.
The folks at BoingBoing have spotted the best new fashion of the season: a top hat with a Zeppelin! The main body of the hat is painted to look like sky, and a plush Zeppelin attached to the hat appears to be sailing around it. If only it weren't too late for Hanukkah, I'd be asking for this! [BoingBoing]
Aeros, a company that specializes in lighter-than-air blimps, is set to market the first modern-day zeppelin to the consumer market. They're selling the combination blimp/jet, the "Aeroscraft," as a luxury airliner that can take off and land vertically — thus eliminating the need for airports. Plus, they can hover!…