posted on Nov, 16 2009 @ 07:47 AM
Originally posted by Bhadhidar
reply to post by defcon5
The Real reason we haven' t seen or heard very much about airships (which have been flying longer than other types of aircraft,
BTW) is that we have always focused on Speed, not simplicity as our guiding flight principle.
Everyone roots for the Rabbit, while the Turtle wins the race.
First, kudos to your friend for all of his hard work.
Second, this is probably a stupid question, but don't we have to focus on speed? I saw the website, and if the purpose of this project is to bring
ads to the edge of the atmosphere, then of course speed would not be too much of an issue.
However, if using this method for space travel, or even travel from one country to another, I would think speed becomes vital. One can certainly not
have it take a month or so (i didn't do the calculations -- just using general numbers) to get to the moon. The amount of food, water, and oxygen
needed for said journey would prove to be troublesome the longer the trip takes.
Further, the longer the flight, the greater chance of running into adverse weather patterns not able to be seen at the time of launch. For example,
it takes about 22 hours to get from the US to South Africa on a jet. Doing the same in an airship would add days to the trip, no? Wouldn't there be
a greater chance of problems the longer each flight would take?