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2013-01-04 12:20:18 AM
More energy efficient than a heavier-than-air craft, I imagine.  Coast to coast for $49.95?
 
2013-01-04 02:32:11 AM

Sgygus: More energy efficient than a heavier-than-air craft, I imagine.  Coast to coast for $49.95?


I'd pay 100 and take 4 days to avoid the TSA rigamarole.
 
2013-01-04 05:28:04 AM
Lana. Lana. Lana. LANA!!!

/Danger Zone
 
2013-01-04 09:03:00 AM
They should name it the Humanity.
 
2013-01-04 09:59:59 AM
davidszondy.com
 
2013-01-04 10:08:07 AM
Too bad Gerry Anderson didn't live long enough to see this.
 
2013-01-04 10:11:16 AM
Looks like the ship out of Flight of the Navigator. Does it change shape too?
 
2013-01-04 10:11:52 AM
Needs moar jet engines.
 
2013-01-04 10:12:03 AM
"Its full of nonflammable HELIUM!
What about that do you still not get?!"

"Obviously the core concept."
 
2013-01-04 10:16:12 AM
I'd take a cruise on that (imagine the on-board sports: extreme bungee jumping, anybody?) but not so sure about the military applications. I can see the appeal of the lift capacity and the VTOL capability, but wouldn't it be more than a little vulnerable?

OTOH it seems that it would be absolutely ideal for disaster relief.
 
2013-01-04 10:23:21 AM
What if they hit the tip of a frozen mountain that the captain didn't see... they'll probably not have enough lifeboats.
 
2013-01-04 10:29:43 AM
Neal Stephenson predicted this in The Diamond Age 20 years ago. Just need to solar panel 'em up to make them self-powered, and boom- Aerostats.
 
2013-01-04 10:31:09 AM
... so how is this not a blimp? It looks like a blimp.
 
2013-01-04 10:31:52 AM
F.A.B.
 
2013-01-04 10:33:50 AM
Cool idea, but it's essentially a Zeppelin for the 21st century. Which isn't a bad thing at all.
 
2013-01-04 10:37:26 AM

czetie: I can see the appeal of the lift capacity and the VTOL capability, but wouldn't it be more than a little vulnerable?

OTOH it seems that it would be absolutely ideal for disaster relief.


No more so than current methods of resupplying bases. You'd want air protection around it and probably wouldn't use it on the front lines but I imagine a full size version would have more lift capacity than the C-17s used currently, plus you wouldn't need long ass runways.
 
2013-01-04 10:42:59 AM

Kiler: czetie: I can see the appeal of the lift capacity and the VTOL capability, but wouldn't it be more than a little vulnerable?

OTOH it seems that it would be absolutely ideal for disaster relief.

No more so than current methods of resupplying bases. You'd want air protection around it and probably wouldn't use it on the front lines but I imagine a full size version would have more lift capacity than the C-17s used currently, plus you wouldn't need long ass runways.


It would be vulnerable to T-storms, etc. I'd hate to be in it when it runs into a strong updraft or downdraft. I wonder how it would handle hail?
 
2013-01-04 10:43:02 AM
*POP* fsssssssssssssssssssssssssss

"Uh oh..."
 
2013-01-04 10:46:21 AM

grinding_journalist: Neal Stephenson predicted this in The Diamond Age 20 years ago. Just need to solar panel 'em up to make them self-powered, and boom- Aerostats.


The idea's even older than that; I remember seeing a book about blimps talking about the flight of a
prototype of this 1970s.  They've been predicting the return of commercial airships for a long time, and
though I'd love to see it happen, I doubt it ever will.

And then there's the Helistat, which didn't work out so well either.
 
2013-01-04 10:46:54 AM

Kiler: czetie: I can see the appeal of the lift capacity and the VTOL capability, but wouldn't it be more than a little vulnerable?

OTOH it seems that it would be absolutely ideal for disaster relief.

No more so than current methods of resupplying bases. You'd want air protection around it and probably wouldn't use it on the front lines but I imagine a full size version would have more lift capacity than the C-17s used currently, plus you wouldn't need long ass runways.


From what little info is available, it looks significantly slower-moving and more vulnerable than a C-17. Not saying it doesn't have a role -- especially, as I said before, with its lift capacity and VTOL on unprepared locations -- but it does seem to be a tactically different proposition from current heavy lifters. And that in turn could drive tactical changes. For example, it could replace highly vulnerable resupply convoys in places like Afghanistan, which in turn means that base locations are less dependent on road access (and strategically, supply lines are less dependent on cooperation from Pakistan).
 
2013-01-04 10:47:49 AM
until someone puts a hole in it and you fly around in little fart circles
 
2013-01-04 10:51:12 AM
I think we have heard some of these claims before and we know how well that worked out.

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2013-01-04 10:54:29 AM
http://gizmodo.com/5972973/the-titanic-aeroscraft-is-finished++and -i ts-awesome
Interesting choice of words...
 
2013-01-04 11:03:48 AM

homelessdude: I think we have heard some of these claims before and we know how well that worked out.

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You, sir, win the Internets for today.
 
2013-01-04 11:04:04 AM

homelessdude: I think we have heard some of these claims before and we know how well that worked out.


+1 for including Victoria Jackson
 
2013-01-04 11:10:43 AM
It's a whale of a tale and it's all true! I swear by my tattoo.
 
2013-01-04 11:12:15 AM

Stig2112: Cool idea, but it's essentially a Zeppelin for the 21st century. Which isn't a bad thing at all.


Exactly what I was thinking, but it looks like a tiger shark which is even cooler.
 
2013-01-04 11:12:22 AM
Recently seen hiding in the Garage

www.csmonitor.com
 
2013-01-04 11:13:11 AM
Actually more like a whale shark but both are cool.
 
2013-01-04 11:13:48 AM

Kiler: czetie: I can see the appeal of the lift capacity and the VTOL capability, but wouldn't it be more than a little vulnerable?

OTOH it seems that it would be absolutely ideal for disaster relief.

No more so than current methods of resupplying bases. You'd want air protection around it and probably wouldn't use it on the front lines but I imagine a full size version would have more lift capacity than the C-17s used currently, plus you wouldn't need long ass runways.


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-01-04 11:13:50 AM
fringepedia.net

Let's Ride
 
2013-01-04 11:20:25 AM
Kirov reporting
 
mjl
2013-01-04 11:21:07 AM

Wellon Dowd: Too bad Gerry Anderson didn't live long enough to see this.


He more or less did with the skycat
 
2013-01-04 11:21:24 AM

Epicedion: ... so how is this not a blimp? It looks like a blimp.


Blimps don't have an internal skeleton - they keep their shape purely by the pressure of the gas.
 
2013-01-04 11:23:43 AM
It's up there very high
But not as high
As maybe
Dirigibles or zepellins
Or light bulbs!
And maybe clouds...
 
2013-01-04 11:28:42 AM

graeth: "Its full of nonflammable HELIUM!
What about that do you still not get?!"

"Obviously the core concept."


Ye-up!
 
Bf+
2013-01-04 11:39:33 AM
Definitely not a blimp.
Nope. No blimp here.
 
2013-01-04 11:43:48 AM
Neat. But aren't we almost out of helium? To the point where some countries want to ban toy balloons?

It's not as if we can make helium yet.
 
2013-01-04 11:52:15 AM

PirateKing: Neat. But aren't we almost out of helium? To the point where some countries want to ban toy balloons?

It's not as if we can make helium yet.


It wouldnt surprise me in the next few decades we will be able to mess with elements like alchemy and change matter from one from to the next just by manipulated the subatomic particles. I know we have limited capability when it comes to created man made elements.
 
2013-01-04 12:07:01 PM
Looks like it's straight out of Privateer!

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-04 01:09:08 PM
 
2013-01-04 01:20:21 PM
www.factoryrvsurplus.com
 
2013-01-04 01:24:38 PM
Hello Airplaines. This is blimps. You win.
 
2013-01-04 01:58:16 PM
www.adweek.com
 
2013-01-04 03:26:26 PM

homelessdude: I think we have heard some of these claims before and we know how well that worked out.

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WIN!
 
2013-01-04 04:57:37 PM
Blimps are cute until there is wind.

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2013-01-04 05:54:56 PM
Thunderbird's T2 was always my favorite. I still have the Corgi I bought as a kid.
 
2013-01-04 07:24:13 PM

Galloping Galoshes: Kiler: czetie: I can see the appeal of the lift capacity and the VTOL capability, but wouldn't it be more than a little vulnerable?

OTOH it seems that it would be absolutely ideal for disaster relief.

No more so than current methods of resupplying bases. You'd want air protection around it and probably wouldn't use it on the front lines but I imagine a full size version would have more lift capacity than the C-17s used currently, plus you wouldn't need long ass runways.

It would be vulnerable to T-storms, etc. I'd hate to be in it when it runs into a strong updraft or downdraft. I wonder how it would handle hail?


I think the article adresses that by indicating that these can be extremely high altitude thus avoiding storms. I'm probably sure they will get higher power propulsion systems and computerized stabilzation and navigation to deal with wind drift as well.
 
2013-01-04 08:07:07 PM

All2morrowsparTs: I think the article adresses that by indicating that these can be extremely high altitude thus avoiding storms. I'm probably sure they will get higher power propulsion systems and computerized stabilzation and navigation to deal with wind drift as well.


There is wind at high altitudes too you know.

Like jetstreams.
 
2013-01-04 09:39:31 PM
I watched Thunderbirds once but went into a coma after about 15 minutes and still haven't woken up. I left instructions for my doctor to type this.
 
2013-01-04 10:05:50 PM
scalpod: jetstreams

If these new airships can fly at high altitudes, the pilots will use the jetstreams like they do with airplanes ... free boost.
 
2013-01-04 10:18:04 PM
Best part of "Thunderbirds" is 15 year-old Vanessa Hudgens.
 
2013-01-04 10:36:07 PM
I´ll wait to see how much mess the first albatross strike makes
 
2013-01-05 12:21:35 AM

give me doughnuts: Best part of "Thunderbirds" is 15 year-old Vanessa Hudgens.


ahhhh, when she still had a full bush.
 
2013-01-05 01:07:32 PM

Brick-House: give me doughnuts: Best part of "Thunderbirds" is 15 year-old Vanessa Hudgens.

ahhhh, when she still had a full bush.


You couldn't see the strings that made her face move in that film.
 
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