It's been a long while since airships ruled the skies, but like all things vintage and nostalgic, they might be making a comeback. Of course, this time it's about more than nostalgia. A company in Southern California is building airships for the military to transport cargo and conduct surveillance.
It might seem like outdated technology, but airships are nothing if not affordable. And with the development of high-definition cameras and high-powered sensors, these seeming relics are becoming a trending product.
They can be used for surveillance, advertising and transportation, and it's predicted they'll make a rise in the commercial world. Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. currently design and build airships for commercial use.
The airships are particularly attractive to the military because of their stationary aspect. While drones are great for surveillance, they can only do fly-bys. The airships can sit in place, offering constant surveillance. They're already being used in places like the U.S.-Mexico border.
Balloons were first used in the Civil War, and they're still going strong. And that's not a lot of hot air.
Sorry, I couldn't resist.