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Are floating airships the future of aviation?

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Memories of the Hindenburg and its nightmarishly igneous end have, for decades now, haunted the airship industry. Floating aircraft are regarded by many as unsafe, and by more still as impractical. But at least one company is attempting to do away with these perceptions, while breathing life back into the deflating enterprise of dirigible aircraft. That company calls itself Worldwide Aeros Corp, and its new Aeroscraft rigid airships may be just what the industry — and the future — needs.


Over at TechnoBuffalo, Brandon Russel has assembled a great feature on the game-changing potential of the company's Aeroscraft, in light of the airship's tempestuous history:

It may seem like something of another age, but the company's new dirigible prototype is being considered a game changer, an innovation of the highest order. If executed correctly, the Aeroscraft may be what our children see filling the skies in the years to come. Not only can the technology alter the future of aviation, but it has the potential to improve the entire planet in a hugely significant way – it's the reason Pasternak, whose curly mop and European descent fit the description of a Bond movie character, is excited to realize the Aeroscraft's potential. And it's exactly why the company managed to secure over $35 million in funding in Pentagon and NASA contracts.

"This is literally a flying submarine; it's never been proven before," [said Munir Jojo-Verge, the company's Lead Flight Systems Control Engineer]. "In one hand you have airships, which are pressurized balloons basically, full of helium, that use that lightness of the helium to lift the weight. On the other side you the back history of the Hindenburg, which is a rigid airship. The Aeroscraft combines the airship world with the rigid structures of the past, and brings technology of the submarine into the equation." This, in essence, creates a new and compelling segment of aviation. "It's never been done."


For more check out Technobuffalo, where you'll find tons of jaw-dropping photo and video of the recently unveiled, 36,000-pound prototype: "Out of the Ashes: The Rebirth of the Airship"

Top image via TechnoBuffalo

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So will we, like, have to go to Neptune to harvest helium in enough quantities to float a fleet of these airships?