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2013-09-22 01:30:07 PM  
4 votes:
What a colossal waste of the world's dwindling supply of helium.
2013-09-22 02:04:01 PM  
2 votes:

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 03:34:30 PM  
1 vote:

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 02:32:27 PM  
1 vote:
2013-09-22 02:11:43 PM  
1 vote:
Needs to be painted green...

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2013-09-22 01:53:07 PM  
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My Favorite airships.
2013-09-22 01:42:32 PM  
1 vote:
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!!!"

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And Lana's vulva is a smooth as a veal cutlet.
2013-09-22 01:36:04 PM  
1 vote:

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 01:32:48 PM  
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2013-09-22 01:31:09 PM  
1 vote:
 US Government has contributed some $35M

Jesus christ why?
2013-09-22 01:20:41 PM  
1 vote:
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."
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