The Aeros could start a new era of airships
by Mark R
I believe that there was a brief era when airships were in their prime, but the invention of the airplane as well as the Hindenburg accident changed all that.
Yes, zeppelins are simply not the most efficient means of air travel. The reason why has to do with a buoyancy problem which is about venting the helium in order to return to earth. This makes take-offs and landings quite costly. However, this Aeros airship by Ukrainian entrepreneur Igor Pasternak could bring back the age of the airship.
The Aeros solves the problem of the deliberately leaking helium by compressing the gas, in order to store it for later use. If everything goes according to plan, then the Igor Pasternak’s Aeros company will produce the first demonstration of his new style of airship, the Pelican, by the year 2013. This is assuming that the Mayans are incorrect about that whole end of the calendar thing.
I seem to recall a similar situation for a concept airship that never came to pass. I honestly hope that this one does, because I want to see a future where our skies are full of cool looking and functional airships, like in the alternate realities of Watchmen and Fringe. I suppose that we’ll have to wait and see.