EcoGeek loves airships. We've talked about them quite a lot, and found that, in general, people like the idea. It's slower, but there's far more space to move around -- think of a cruise rather than a plane trip. The world seems to have become too fast-paced for airships, but there are a few angles that the industry might be able to play to turn things around.
And they're playing those angles. At the recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference, the lighter-than-air people played their usual role of second-class citizens. After all, it's hard to compete with the traditional multi-billion dollar heavier-than-air folks. But a strong group of airship entrepreneurs, investors and engineers did get some good press.
Particularly, airships are becoming far more appealing as fuel gets more expensive and people worry more about global warming. We've all noticed air travel prices increasing. And there's no end in sight. But the (somewhat nonexistent) airship industry reminds us that the huge increases in efficiency (per passenger mile) for airships could lower prices tremendously.
The Ulster Herald has them promising $200 trans-atlantic flights. And a couple of airship enginneers are investigating pure-electric air travel (powered, of course, by solar panels on the top of the ship.) But even if things are looking up for lighter-than-air craft, we'll all have to wait for roughly a decade of R&D before we can plop our butts into one of these things. But, frankly, I'm looking forward to it.
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