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New ways to transport Bulk Cargo?


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OrbitalResonance

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This could be a new way to move bulk container cargo. Heavy lift Zeppelin's could provide ways to transport cargo across land. Is the rebirth of the Zeppelin near?

A California company is working on a new airship design that could solve one of the biggest problems facing buoyancy-aided aircraft — how to control floatworthiness without wasting fuel.


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I can imagine new shipping lanes being opened up. Perhaps a few kilometers above land but way below the normal cruising altitude of conventional aircaft. I am sure they could easily retrofit existing airfields to service this new transport industry. The ships could use the standardized cargo containers.

Article: http://www.popsci.co...cargo-zeppelins

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Fringe's gingerverse has certainly renewed my interest in blimps http://www.futuretim...tyle_emoticons/animate/thumbsup.gif
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I would see something like this being useful for loggers in remote areas perhaps. Other than that, I have questions about its speed and what kind of weight it could handle.

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I read about airships coming back to be used to reach hard to access areas the other day: http://uk.io9.com/57...ir-big-comeback

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I've honestly been seeing stories about airships like this for the last 15 years or so, I'd be surprised if they ever do go into commercial use- however it would be awesome to see them in the skies.
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Given the amount of time airships have been around, I'm really of the opinion that if they could be put into useful service, they would already be doing this. I know there are various different developments which apparently make them more efficient but they'll never move as much bulk cargo as a container ship can by ocean, for instance? Have to agree with Azevo on questioning just how much, and how quickly, these things could move.
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Wait until they make Air Cities then we can talk about their usefulness. But I'm with Jon on this one again, Airships would have been utilized far earlier than this if Airplanes couldn't already do this.




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