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  1. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7426 posts
    February 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    Link: Hybrid Airships - New hybrid airships are about ready to take flight, what do you think IAB? Do they have a chance?
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:07 am
    drat yeah. Airships are the coolest, most economical and greenest modes of transport ever created. I`m so psyched by the idea of them returning.
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:08 am
    Also modern airships don`t explode. at all. In case anyone makes a Hindenberg reference.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
    3001 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:08 am
    nay.
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    Boredered Male 18-29
    2508 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:09 am
    Barely a concept, doubt it`ll make it since I haven`t seen transportation change much since the 90s
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
    2056 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:13 am
    eh, you broke the back button
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    Guy6870 Male 13-17
    143 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:26 am
    There is no way these things can compete with Airbus and Boeing on the cargo playing field. It might only cost $1500/hour (for a 50 ton payload) to transport things, but the airship only moves at 40 mph.

    Granted, the airship has a huge cargo capacity, but at 40 mph, even trains and trucks are more feasible options.
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    Padiddle Female 13-17
    192 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:29 am
    That`s actually pretty cool.

    Watch Dubai be the first place to have them for people to ride commercially.
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
    2510 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:32 am
    "drat yeah. Airships are the coolest, most economical and greenest modes of transport ever created. I`m so psyched by the idea of them returning."

    They may be green to operate, but do you have any clue how much energy and fossile fuels are used just to build one of those things? Not to mention the eminse hangers needed to build and store them. OMFG! These monsters are about the least "green" thing to build.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
    10443 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:48 am
    but do you have any clue how much energy and fossile fuels are used just to build one of those things? Not to mention the eminse hangers needed to build and store them.

    You only need to do that once. Go ahead and count up all the hangars, runways, airports and factories jets use while you`re at it.
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    hatface Male 18-29
    605 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 8:54 am
    @RobSwindol ah, but your not considering the alternatives. Planes, and other modes of transport use FAR more resources to build relative to there sizes. A Boeing 747 would use a lot more resources and `fossil fuels` to build, to power and just as much to store.

    New concept wind turbine airships are designed with new composites to sustain winds and extreme weather, making the use of having to store them in hangers possibly obsolete except for repairs. To keep themselves aloft requires less power, and they can transport far more goods in relation to weight of fuel than alternative modes of transport. It could be possible to power an entire fleet of Airship`s with the same amount of resources used to fly a single cargo plane.

    @guy6870
    Yes, but the point is that with rising fuel prices, a low power alternative may be the best option. Plus trains can`t move at 40mph in a straight line round the globe. They`re not comparable to trains and automobiles.
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    belunan Male 30-39
    1507 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 10:22 am
    To hell with blimps. I want my flying fold-up Jetson`s car.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
    2423 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 10:39 am
    I totally think they should bring back airships for passenger travel. The airline industry is in sore need of a little class.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
    1548 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 11:49 am
    Zeppelins are simply one of the most economical modes of transportation ever designed. The only reason they went out of style is because some retarded German engineers decided to build the biggest one ever, fill it with flammable hydrogen, then act all surprised when it blew up, killing dozens of people.

    It`s not a replacement for airplanes, but it would be a more reasonable alternative for journeys less than 1000 miles.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36217 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I want my jet pack!

    When I was a kid they said we`d have personal
    jet packs in the future!

    I want my DAMN jet pack!
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Didnt we learn anything from Hindenburg?
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    "Didnt we learn anything from Hindenburg?"
    Yeah, we did. Use helium, not hydrogen.

    Actually, these look pretty cool. If they can pull it off without government subsidies, more power to them. If the can`t, f*** `em.
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    Darkhumour Male 18-29
    257 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm
    they have jet packs they just aren`t fuel efficient
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5196 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    Again? They announce these stupid things every 10 years or so, then the companies vanish. I can remember this crap clear back to the seventies.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8309 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm
    Yep, every decade of my life, the same old story by a whole new bunch of people... still waiting.
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    Solid_Jake Male 18-29
    97 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm
    I could throw a rock faster than that thing. If we line people up from point A to point B and throw packages to each other, we could better compete in the cargo business than this trash.
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    Ando Male 13-17
    374 posts
    February 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    You mean BLIMPS?
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    xmastree_ph Male 40-49
    416 posts
    February 27, 2011 at 10:54 am
    Hybrid Air Vehicles
    bbc news story

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