Airships are in the news today, with a big article in the NY Times about the latest uptick of commercial interest in lighter-than-air transport.
Of course, somebody’s always trying to reanimate Zeppelins, but so far all those attempts have ended in failure (except as tourist attractions). So why would anyone think that this time will be different?
Well, here’s the thing about airships: they float, so you don’t expend energy to keep them in the air. They move much slower than planes, but they eat less fuel per pound carried. As oil becomes more expensive—not to mention destructive to our planet and our foreign policy—that advantage becomes bigger, and bigger, and bigger . . .
So maybe airships aren’t viable right now. But does anyone think that in the long term, oil’s going to get cheaper? Sure! Because the middle east will stabilize, the Chinese will decide they don’t really want cars, and Americans are going to stop wasting fuel at every possible opportunity! But just in case that stuff doesn’t happen, we may find Zeppelins in our future. The French post office is already looking at them for freight transport, as is DARPA, the US military’s mad-scientist group.
There are lots of cool pictures in the article, but one really caught my eye. A French architect named Jean-Marie Massaud has designed a lighter-than-air hotel that looks a bit like a whale. As you might suspect from the title, so does the airship in Leviathan!
I’m still sworn to secrecy on Leviathan art, but here’s Massaud’s vision:
Pretty cool, huh?
Here’s the slide show for the article.
Must write now. At 56,717 words, about 20,000 to go!
491 thoughts on “Zeppelin Fever”
wat? srry still haf asleep…
Ooh, that sounds cool. Has anyone read any of the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson? It’s really awesome.
Have you ever played bloons
its a fun online game
no…i haven’t read that…
no whats it about
I haven’t played the game either. Um it’s about these six kids who were recombinent DNA structures or something like that, and before they were born they like injected them with avian DNA so they’re 98% human and 2% bird, so they have wings and powers and stuff. And they were like trapped at this “school” which was a lab thing and they have to like try and escape and it’s much better than I make it sound, so I’ll stop there.
OoOoOHh that sounds really good
its going on my list for sure
Dude seriously, I couldn’t put it down. I ended up reading the first two books in the same day and they were like 420 pages and 409 pages. Ya, I’m weird like that.
I read the 7th harry potter book in less than a day, my sis did too we stayed in our rooms seperated until we both finished
Ya, so did I. Well technically it was two days cuz I was up past midnight reading, but whatever. My parents teased me cuz I had my nose in that book all day not paying attention to anything they’re like “Well hello Miss Potter, glad you could join the rest of us muggles.” So yeah…
no I waited for over 12 hours at borders for it
in the first 20 people yeah!
then stayed up till about 4 reading since I got the book only a couple minutes after midnight
then prolly finished it at about 6pm the next day 🙂
that was a happy day
Ya, I was at Borders and I got there like 2 freaking hours early and there were already like over a 100 people! I’m like sheesh! So I had to wait in line FOREVER. Gosh. And then my friend walks up to me, carrying the book. And I’m like “Holy crap! How’d you get it already???” and she just points nextdoor to the SafeWay and says “There’s no line there.” And my jaw just like dropped and I’m like “You have GOT to be kidding me.” So yeah, but I’d already pre-ordered it and everything…
our line went out the door and around 3 corners it as crazy
Ha, wow. My parents got bored and ditched me after a couple hours of waiting. But I was with friends so it was cool…but boring. Gosh, I just noticed how much I use this: … Wow, probably cuz most my thoughts aren’t complete, lol.
I met people there and watched movies and played wizard chess played games from the dollar store next door colored in coloring books and had donuts, mmm
hellos. i just had dinner.
There were a buncha crazy people wearing costumes and yelling things in funny languages…I think it was like Latin or something but they were creepy! LoL.
we had a costume contest
there was Umbridge and she looked so much like her, pink tweed suit thing and everything
then there was a little girl who looked like moneing metil she was so cute
I might be mixing the 7th with the 6th though, it as the same kinda thing
there was one guy who did a documentary on it tooI was in it hehehe
Hmmm. I’m leaving for vacation in like 15 days. Should be fun.
hahaha. yeah i got hp7 at midnight. i had preordered it in march.
Ha, that’s cool! Yeah…there was this one guy dressed up as hermione…it wasn’t pretty! Rofl! That sounds fun though!
yeah like the first day I could I did lol
I might go to Arkansas this summer in like august or something maybe Canada too this month so we can see my non blood uncle
i dressed up like hermione…
you’re coming to canada? that’s cool…
That’s cool. I. do. not. like. Arkansas. Ah. I’m goin’ to the Big Apple.
i’m going to minneapolis…tomorow…fun…
hehe there were 4 girls dressed as the mauraders it was so cool, we sat right next to them in the romance section
we played fun games like find fabio and open a random ramance and read
it was slightly creepy some of them
Sounds fun. I feel like going to the beach, haven’t been there all summer.
I LOVE NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!
Fav city ever, I go there every three years or so family reunions and such
i’ve been to the beach. i got sunburned…if only i could tan…
neither have I no beach yet
though Washington beachs arnt all that great, we usually go to orgeon. But I love boating and tubing
Ill be doing that soon =D
I’ve never been before, I’m totally excited. I’m going for this writing academy, that’s like a boarding school thing for a few weeks. Gonna be wicked awesome.
cool…i’m falling asleep again…i have a headache and i feel like you do after you cry for a while but i haven’t cried. it’s so weird.
Huh, that sucks.
Oh fun, youll love it
I came back from there 11 days before 9/11 it freaked me out and made me afraid for my family, on that trip I hurt my knee biffed the last 5 steps onto concrete
uhhh…my head HURTS….falling asleep…
that sucks Andrea-la I hate that feeling
but why do you feel like that?
That is hecka scary Kenzie! I would have freaked out SO bad. Are you getting sick Andrea-la?
what? i don’t know…
don’t know…i feel kinda barfy but w/e.
It was I came back after that and went and saw ground zero it was life changing
wow…kenzie-la, you must have freaked…
That’s super freaky.
Well I’m gotta go now, be back laterz.
I did a report thing on it for drama and cried because I had pics of the two towers from my trip
no one understood why except on girl I knew since 1st grade
wat? srry still haf sleeping…
Bye TZ see you later alligator
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