10 Dec

Icelandair and Aeros team up for Arctic blimps!

As Paul Weimer noted, because of writing Arctic Rising, anytime anything blimp and Arctic related pop up I get notice, which is pretty cool (in my book). Howard Taylor just forwarded this to me:

“U.S.-based airship company Aeros and Icelandic airline Icelandair Cargo, say they have signed an agreement with hopes of establishing a partnership to develop new air freight service across the Arctic region.
Together they are hoping to deliver standard cargo containers via Iceland to regions with little infrastructure, such as Siberia, Alaska, Greenland and northern Canada.

‘It’s a project representing the future of solving the problems of today,’ Aeros’ CEO Igor Pasternak told CNN. ‘The distribution in the Arctic Circle as it is right now is inefficient and not logical.’

Managing Director with Icelandair Cargo, Gunnar Sigurfinnsson, said in a press release that he believes Aeros will help transform Arctic transportation forever.”

(Via Airship cargo to revolutionize Arctic transportation – CNN.com.)

14 Sep

Aeroscraft takes to the air

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One of my favorite airships in the ongoing hope to develop cargo aircraft, the Aeroscraft, is moving further along. It did a tethered flight, and will soon be doing an untethered one.

“This fully rigid airship, dubbed the Aeroscraft, differs fundamentally from, say, the Goodyear blimp. Blimps, by definition, have no internal structure and maintain their shapes only through the pressure of the gas they contain; when the gas escapes, they deflate like the gigantic balloons they are. Rigid airships, like zeppelins before them, maintain their shape regardless of gas pressure thanks to an internal skeleton structure—the Hindenburg utilized highly flammable balsa wood, but the Aeroscraft’s is made of aluminum and carbon fiber—and maintains its buoyancy with a series of gas-filled bladders. And unlike hybrid airships, the Aeroscraft doesn’t require forward momentum to generate lift via a set of wings. It’s all hydrogen power.”

(Via The Aluminum Airship of the Future Has Finally Flown.)

21 Mar

Airship maker trying to buy back airship from military

Hybrid Air Vehicles, one of the airship companies I try to follow due to their involvement in pitching themselves as transportation for up in the Arctic during the melty future we face, is trying to buy back a $300 million airship they built for the US military.

“After spending nearly $300 million on a high-tech surveillance blimp before canceling it, the U.S. military is being asked to consider an unusual way to off-load the project: Give it back to the company that designed it.

Later this week, Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd. is expected to ask if it can save the football-field-length vehicle from the scrap heap and peddle it to companies outside the U.S.

‘We think it would be a disaster if the vehicle was destroyed,’ said Hardy Giesler, the British company’s business-development director. ‘We want to make sure the vehicle survives.'”

(Via Builder to Ask Army for Canceled Blimp – WSJ.com.)