The Stratobus might look like a blimp, but it’s more like part drone and part satellite, and it'll fly into the stratosphere within the next five years.
Chubby blimps are out, and sleek zeppelins are in. We know this for sure, because Goodyear has made the switch.
The Airlander airship, which is 60 feet longer than a 747 and can carry up to 50 tons of cargo, can be used for humanitarian aid, spying on enemies, or throwing killer pool parties. Because it has a pool.
These military-grade blimps will survey the Northeast to ensure no missiles head toward our nation's capital. In case you hadn't guessed, this rubs a few folks the wrong way.
The Goodyear company has reunited with Zeppelin (the original) to build new zeppelins to replace its blimps.
The U.S. Air Force has a 370-foot-long surveillance airship sitting in a hangar in North Carolina right now, 95% complete. In two weeks, the blimp will be ready to fly, just in time for the USAF to scrap the entire program, dismantle the hardware, and pack it all into shipping containers for storage. Sigh.
Blimps had their heyday between World War I and World War II, and since then, they've more or less been left behind by the airplane. Some things, though, blimps are just plain better at, and the Army is getting ready for the first flight of their "Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle," aka "spy blimp."
Trials have just been finished on a new kind of wind turbine — an inflated, helium shell containing traditional blades that floats in the air stream. The airborne turbine is designed to capture stronger, high-altitude winds to provide a clean, portable and power energy option.
Astronomers use two basic methods to find planets around other stars: watching to see if a star dims when a planet passes in front of it, and watching to see if a star wobbles when a planet orbits around it. Neither of these methods are very good at seeing planets directly, but a giant zeppelin-mounted aerial starshade might be able to change that.
I'll bet you never knew that the gaping hole in your life was exactly the size of one of these conceptual personal blimpjets, did you? 'Cause it is. I know, you've tried to cram flying cars and driveable planes in there to no avail, but by 2031, the blimpjet will be here to make everything complete.