Yes, with new technologies, new and improved materials, and ever rising fuel costs, Airships are looking better and better as an alternative to
conventional, heavier than air vehicles.
Improvements in communications technology are steadily making travel-for-business less of a requirement and more of a luxury.
The true cost of a "long supply-line" economy is facing increasing resistance in the face of 21st century realities.
And new materials like Graphine
, becoming available on a more commercial scale, make the rennaisance of the Airship more than a just a
I've often wondered about the possiblity of constructing a hybrid, helium/hydrogen bi-gas airship.
For efficiency and cost, the primary lifting gas would be hydrogen. But for the sake of safety, the hydrogen-filled lifting cells would be
a "safety buffer" layer of non-flammable, helium-filled cells, below which passengers and/or cargo would be protected in a
Yes, I dream big!
ETA: I'd like to see this thread become sort of a "brain-storming" forum for ideas on how to design a modern Airship, incorporating as many of the
newest ideas, technologies and material available (please, no anti-gravity posts, unless you have actual blueprints, patent #'s, and or commercial
supplier for the anti-grav units themselves!)
Let's keep it real, with the intent of maybe inspiring someone to Make It For Real!
With the OP's permission, of course.
And to get the ball rolling ...S&F!
edit on 6-5-2011 by Bhadhidar because: Light bulb went off!