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Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:42 AM

Zeppelins could make a comeback with this solar-powered airship cargo mover

From https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/varialift-airships-solar-powered-airship/

Zeppelins could make a comeback with this solar-powered airship cargo mover

By Luke Dormehl
October 8, 2019 10:18AM PST


Varialift Airships

Zeppelins, the rigid airships most famously epitomized by the Hindenburg, now seem kind of retro, rather than the image of futurity they represented in the 1930s. But they could be about to make a comeback in a big way ó courtesy of a new aluminum-shelled, solar-powered airship thatís being built by the U.K.-based company Varialift Airships.

According to the companyís CEO Alan Handley, the airship will be capable of making a transatlantic flight from the United Kingdom to the United States, consuming just 8% of the fuel of a regular airplane. It will be powered by a pair of solar-powered engines and two conventional jet engines.

While its lack of onboard battery would limit travel to daylight hours, and its speed will only be approximately half that of a Boeing 747, the Varialift airship does promise to be a useful cargo carrier. Its creators claim that it will be able to carry loads ranging from 50 to 250 tons. Larger models with payloads up to 3,000 tons arenít out of the question either. Bulky cargo such as electricity pylons, wind turbine blades, and towers, or even prefabricated structures such as oil rigs could be carried underneath using cables. That means that cargo will have a weight limit, but no practical size limit.

Because it is an airship, which lifts off more like a balloon than an airplane, the Varialift airship could also be useful in this capacity since it doesnít require a dedicated runway. This could make it valuable as a delivery vehicle in places with poor infrastructure.

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Response to sl8 (Original post)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:46 AM

1. Is there a link?

I had a dream either last night or night before about zeppelins and in that dream I saw what a 21st century zeppelin would look like. I want to see if they match up.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:50 AM

2. Added. n/t

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Response to sl8 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:53 AM

3. Thanks!

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Sun Oct 13, 2019, 07:57 AM

4. Can't imagine it would be

a good thing in a big storm which we are likely to see more of in the future than not.

It looks a little like the ones in my dream.

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Sun Oct 13, 2019, 02:47 PM

5. 2 jet engines, can only travel during the day? ha ha

The dream of the zeppelin never dies!

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Sun Oct 13, 2019, 02:56 PM

6. No thanks.

Without Bonzo it's just not the same.

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