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Subject: New Blimp Tech Finds An Airline Customer
SYSOP    7/1/2022 6:12:32 AM
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Frank Natoli       7/1/2022 4:51:03 PM
The article makes no mention of bad weather. What ended military dirigibles in the 1930s was accidents in thunderstorms. These new dirigibles are...indestructible?
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Pudd1e_Pirate       7/1/2022 7:23:11 PM
A very erotic design - if you like fat bottom blimps.
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grumblesa10       7/6/2022 12:10:41 PM
Wx has always been the airship's main issue. It is too large (compared with a aircraft of similar carrying capacity) and un-maneuverable to avoid conditions like sudden wind shear or pop up thunderstorms. The other is cost to operate, if the total costs to operate it (crew training/maintenance/logistics) are equal to or exceed what the customer base can support-then it will fail. This iteration seems aimed at light freight, and excursion flights. Folks fly because it is FASTER: given the security overhead of flying, an airship doing only 144kmh/85mph/75kts is only going to be a novelty. As with freight: sending something via air is done because of SPEED. No mention on fuel-efficiency (a HUGE factor especially with Russian energy exports embargoed), estimated emissions or maintenance costs.
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