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Hybrid Airships

Hits: 5270 | Rating: (2.8) | Category: Travel | Added by: cobrakiller
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Uplink
Male, 18-29, Southern US
 544 Posts
Sunday, February 27, 2011 9:34:13 PM
Lame AND what a waste of money.

xmastree_ph
Male, 40-49, Europe
 416 Posts
Sunday, February 27, 2011 10:54:25 AM
Hybrid Air Vehicles
bbc news story

Ando
Male, 13-17, Western US
 378 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 11:07:45 PM
You mean BLIMPS?

Solid_Jake
Male, 18-29, Western US
 97 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 6:24:17 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.

Lionhart2
Male, 40-49, Australia
 8285 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 4:01:54 PM
Yep, every decade of my life, the same old story by a whole new bunch of people... still waiting.

duffytoler
Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 3:09:18 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.

Darkhumour
Male, 18-29, Canada
 258 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 3:01:54 PM
they have jet packs they just aren't fuel efficient

OldOllie
Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14427 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 12:46:30 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.

Fatninja01
Male, 18-29, Australia
 24631 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 12:24:20 PM
Didnt we learn anything from Hindenburg?

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33910 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 12:20:13 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!

Volsunga
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1548 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 11:49:55 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.

xiquiripat
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2419 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 10:39:15 AM
I totally think they should bring back airships for passenger travel. The airline industry is in sore need of a little class.

belunan
Male, 30-39, Western US
 1511 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 10:22:53 AM
To hell with blimps. I want my flying fold-up Jetson's car.

hatface
Male, 18-29, Europe
 614 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:54:15 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.

LazyMe484
Male, 18-29, Canada
 10503 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:48:14 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.

RobSwindol
Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2453 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:32:39 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.

Padiddle
Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 193 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:29:17 AM
That's actually pretty cool.

Watch Dubai be the first place to have them for people to ride commercially.

Guy6870
Male, 13-17, Eastern US
 144 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:26:59 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.

SomeShoes
Male, 13-17, Canada
 2068 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:13:44 AM
eh, you broke the back button

Boredered
Male, 18-29, Western US
 2918 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:09:03 AM
Barely a concept, doubt it'll make it since I haven't seen transportation change much since the 90s

ruthless1990
Female, 18-29, Europe
 3016 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:08:53 AM
nay.

hatface
Male, 18-29, Europe
 614 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:08:17 AM
Also modern airships don't explode. at all. In case anyone makes a Hindenberg reference.

hatface
Male, 18-29, Europe
 614 Posts
Saturday, February 26, 2011 8:07:29 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.

cobrakiller
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 6950 Posts
Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:41:55 PM
Link: Hybrid Airships [Rate Link] - New hybrid airships are about ready to take flight, what do you think IAB? Do they have a chance?


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