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2013-09-22 11:57:11 AM
Nick Fury unavailable for comment.
 
2013-09-22 01:20:41 PM
subby needs to work on reading comprehension.

FTFA:   "For safety, the current flights are tethered, and, according to John Kiehle, communications director at Aeros, untethered flights are expected to follow within few weeks."
 
2013-09-22 01:30:07 PM
What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.
 
2013-09-22 01:31:09 PM
 US Government has contributed some $35M

Jesus christ why?
 
2013-09-22 01:32:48 PM
aytm.com
 
2013-09-22 01:34:45 PM
blogs-images.forbes.com

Somehow it doesn't inspire visions of lighter-than-air ethereality.
 
2013-09-22 01:35:15 PM

styckx: US Government has contributed some $35M

Jesus christ why?


There's going to be a run on Control of Static Heaviness systems in the future. I can see it now. They'll make a fortune from licensing alone.
 
2013-09-22 01:35:39 PM

GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.


We're running out of helium?
 
2013-09-22 01:36:04 PM

GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.


Well in all fairness the results of using hydrogen in airships is well known.
 
2013-09-22 01:37:36 PM
66 tons is a lot, y'all
 
2013-09-22 01:38:06 PM

Glitchwerks: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

We're running out of helium?


Helium is... somewhat difficult to manufacture.
 
2013-09-22 01:38:50 PM

Glitchwerks: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

We're running out of helium?


Short version:  Yes.
 
2013-09-22 01:40:23 PM

ElLoco: Glitchwerks: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

We're running out of helium?

Helium is... somewhat difficult to manufacture.


Too bad hydrogen is so oh-the-humanity explosive.
 
2013-09-22 01:40:59 PM

GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.


Yeah, that's gonna make my Air Swimmer sextoys more expensive.

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2013-09-22 01:42:32 PM
God, who would want to put a bomb on that? Why bother? Some broad gets on that with a staticy sweater and it's "BOOM"! "Oh the humanity! Wahhhhh hahahahhhhhhh!!!"

images.wikia.com

And Lana's vulva is a smooth as a veal cutlet.
 
2013-09-22 01:43:18 PM
god speed heisenberg

fuzzywobble.com
 
2013-09-22 01:46:03 PM

GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.


Came here to say this. I am sure glad that we used our very limited supply for this POS as opposed to a couple MRI machines.
 
2013-09-22 01:47:53 PM

b2theory: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

Came here to say this. I am sure glad that we used our very limited supply for this POS as opposed to a couple MRI machines.


but ... but ... it's GREEN technology!
 
2013-09-22 01:49:24 PM
I would give my left nut to travel back in time for a trans-Atlantic Zeppelin trip.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-22 01:49:36 PM
Mega untethered airship in the air

Color me Sister Goldenhair Surprised.

(What? Am I the only one?)
 
2013-09-22 01:50:23 PM

skinink: God, who would want to put a bomb on that? Why bother? Some broad gets on that with a staticy sweater and it's "BOOM"! "Oh the humanity! Wahhhhh hahahahhhhhhh!!!"



And Lana's vulva is a smooth as a veal cutlet.


Came for Archer, leaving satisfied.

/Hello, airplanes? This is blimps. You win.
 
2013-09-22 01:53:07 PM
i221.photobucket.com

My Favorite airships.
 
2013-09-22 01:53:21 PM
Is this not the exact same article with exact same pics, as from a couple weeks ago?
 
2013-09-22 01:55:34 PM
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2013-09-22 01:56:13 PM

Mister Peejay: Glitchwerks: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

We're running out of helium?

Short version:  Yes.


Slightly longer version: the current price is relatively low because the US government is deliberately selling off its huge reserve. Helium is produced as a by-product of natural gas extraction, and if the concentration is too low for it to be profitable the helium is just vented into the atmosphere. Once it's dispersed in the atmosphere the concentration is too low for recovery to be practical.
 
2013-09-22 01:59:53 PM

whosits_112: skinink: God, who would want to put a bomb on that? Why bother? Some broad gets on that with a staticy sweater and it's "BOOM"! "Oh the humanity! Wahhhhh hahahahhhhhhh!!!"

And Lana's vulva is a smooth as a veal cutlet.

Came for Archer, leaving satisfied.

/Hello, airplanes? This is blimps. You win.


My favorite Archer episode. So silly and quotable. "It's M...as in Mancy."
 
2013-09-22 02:03:15 PM

Ivo Shandor: Mister Peejay: Glitchwerks: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

We're running out of helium?

Short version:  Yes.

Slightly longer version: the current price is relatively low because the US government is deliberately selling off its huge reserve. Helium is produced as a by-product of natural gas extraction, and if the concentration is too low for it to be profitable the helium is just vented into the atmosphere. Once it's dispersed in the atmosphere the concentration is too low for recovery to be practical.


You guys must be a riot at kid's birthday parties.
 
2013-09-22 02:04:01 PM

b2theory: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

Came here to say this. I am sure glad that we used our very limited supply for this POS as opposed to a couple MRI machines.


Surely not as much a waste as birthday balloons. I'm all for maintaining strategic reserves of helium, don't get me wrong. But this system seems to be able to recapture and compress helium instead of venting it like what we'd do with the Akron/Macon. If it's a closed system with synthetic skin that keeps in the helium molecules (which we've had since the 1930s) then it's hard for me to get mad at this. I'm not pleased about the helium cliff but I'm hopeful about more gas discoveries, especially aided by the fracking boom going on.

Who knows, this airship may enable us to reach remote gas wells that supply the very helium it depends on.

If you want to talk wasteful, let's talk about how MRI scanners don't recapture helium and just waste it during quenching. They account for 20% of the world's helium use per year - and recapturing isn't really a priority. There are a few bright possibilities for dramatically less helium consumption with MRIs, though.
 
2013-09-22 02:10:43 PM
"The Aeroscraft half scale prototype is 266 ft (79 m) long and 97 ft (29.5m) wide. The final design is expected to be more than 400 feet (121m) long"

Duh...
 
2013-09-22 02:11:43 PM
Needs to be painted green...

mikec32001.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-22 02:21:52 PM

Disappearing Hitchhiker: 66 tons is a lot, y'all


So it will be able to move a Ford Mustang....barely
 
2013-09-22 02:30:32 PM
Giant. Floating. Penis.
 
2013-09-22 02:30:55 PM

jaytkay: I would give m

y left nut to travel back in time for a trans-Atlantic Zeppelin trip.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 786x509]


I'd give your left nut, too.  Travel by airship is about the coolest thing ever.  I wonder if the Aeroscraft will ever carry passengers.
 
2013-09-22 02:31:21 PM
Dr. Jones and Dr. Jones will finally be able to make their getaway.
 
2013-09-22 02:32:27 PM
 
2013-09-22 02:33:45 PM
Watched the test flight at lunch, wow just wow
 
2013-09-22 02:38:32 PM

MarkEC: Link to a Business Insider article with more pics.


Nerdgasm!
 
2013-09-22 02:41:47 PM

Bucky Katt: MarkEC: Link to a Business Insider article with more pics.

Nerdgasm!


And the link I posted is the deslidefied version of the page which Business Insider included free of charge. Farkgasm!
 
2013-09-22 02:44:27 PM
World's best hurricane chaser bait.
 
2013-09-22 02:48:21 PM
Saw the headline, came for a Next Doctor reference...
 
2013-09-22 02:49:15 PM

Ivo Shandor: Mister Peejay: Glitchwerks: GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.

We're running out of helium?

Short version:  Yes.

Slightly longer version: the current price is relatively low because the US government is deliberately selling off its huge reserve. Helium is produced as a by-product of natural gas extraction, and if the concentration is too low for it to be profitable the helium is just vented into the atmosphere. Once it's dispersed in the atmosphere the concentration is too low for recovery to be practical.


As the price rises, it creates an incentive for methane producers to collect the Helium from their wells that would not have been a profitable endeavor before and thus no "running out of Helium."
 
2013-09-22 02:49:27 PM
The bigger version can haul 250 tons, is bullet-proof, and has a retractable cockpit.  This thing is awesome, and if they can deliver it seems like it will be pretty useful.
 
2013-09-22 02:54:39 PM
No Ticket!

/and do be mindful of the cybermen
//what's a ziggurat?
///something something Laputa something
 
2013-09-22 02:56:21 PM
Sure could haul a lot of water for the forest fires !
 
2013-09-22 03:01:23 PM
farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2013-09-22 03:19:56 PM
MarkEC:

As the price rises, it creates an incentive for methane producers to collect the Helium from their wells that would not have been a profitable endeavor before and thus no "running out of Helium."

When it's used, though, it is gone.  It doesn't even stick around in the atmosphere, it vents to space.
 
2013-09-22 03:34:30 PM

styckx: US Government has contributed some $35M

Jesus christ why?


Building an airport can cost billions.  If you want to get 66 tons of stuff to the middle of nowhere this would be good technology to have.

And think about it in context; it has a payload nearly as large as a C-17, and those things cost $218M each.
 
2013-09-22 03:56:45 PM

styckx: US Government has contributed some $35M

Jesus christ why?


ya act as if that i some huge sum for aircraft R&D
 
2013-09-22 03:58:44 PM

GoldDude: What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.


from what i have read, the system they use doesn't vent Helium for it Ballast control. i just uses pumps and compressors to recover something like 99% of the He it uses
 
2013-09-22 04:04:56 PM

Girion47: Disappearing Hitchhiker: 66 tons is a lot, y'all

So it will be able to move a Ford Mustang....barely


You can lift a tank with that capacity. That would make it interesting to the DoD.

it's also about the cargo carrying capacity of 2 tractor trailers running standard 5-axle setups (the truck itself can pull far more but the roads cannot handle the ground pressure without long term damage) all the while being able to deliver in areas that don't have infrastructure year long (northern mines, if you've ever watched ice road shows).

Helium supply issues aside, I'm curious how an airship like this can handle winds.
 
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