EcoGeeks love airships. They're just cool. They are efficient, low impact, and they don't dump tons of carbon into the atmosphere.
Aeroscraft is a hybrid craft designed to take advantage of both the airship lift characteristics of a lighter-than-air craft as well as using the shape of the vehicle as a lifting body.
Aeroscraft could be used as a bulk goods transport, or as a more stately mode of travel. As Bruce Sterling writes recently:
"My jet-fueled carbon footprint is stamped all over the sky this season, so I look forward to the period when we're moseying around the atmosphere, packed even more like sardines, in slow, no-emission, wonky prop-job fuel-cell aircraft."We'd love to see the world where you could regularly do your traveling in this manner, rather than the huge aggravation of contemporary commercial air travel.
Then there's the Aeroscraft, which pokes along at 140 mph but can carry 500 tons. No packing in like sardines; instead, when you detect incipient blood clots in the deep veins of your legs, you just head down to the recreation deck for a game of ping pong.
Maybe airships wouldn't require the same absurd levels of security theater that accompanies todays airline travel. (Crashing an airship into a building isn't nearly the security concern that crashing an airplane represents.)
via: Beyond the Beyond
written by Andy, August 25, 2007
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