All About Airships

The Coming Giant Airship Renaissance: An Investment Opportunity, Part 1

The Coming Giant Airship Renaissance: An Investment Opportunity, Part 1

After decades of disappointment, the freight and passenger airship industry may finally be approaching takeoff. At the time of writing, here is the latest news. Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), in Great Britain, has a buyer for its Airlander 10 hybrid airship. The Spanish airline Air Nostrum wants to buy ten of them. HAV built a prototype […]

Airship Manifesto by Nathan Smith

Airship Manifesto by Nathan Smith

Six thousand years man went on legs and wheels To two dimensions movement was confined Man strolled through shady woods and verdant fields While every ridge or hilltop made him blind To what’s beyond. For greater strength or speed Men tamed and bred the strong ox and swift horse. In haste, they galloped hard on […]

Sustainable Timber Harvesting Using Airships

Sustainable Timber Harvesting Using Airships

The forest industry is a cornerstone of the Canadian economy. In 2019, the forest sector employed over 200,000 workers and contributed about $23.7 billion to the nominal gross domestic product. The rich softwood forests of the Pacific coastal mountain region, which are about 23% of the Canadian forests, provide 40% of the jobs. The other […]

Addressing Canada’s Indigenous Housing Shortage

Addressing Canada’s Indigenous Housing Shortage

Canada has a significant and persistent shortage of housing in northern Indigenous communities. The problem is referenced in the 2019 Report by the United Nations Assembly General on Adequate Housing, which recommends that “States should, as a matter of priority, address the abhorrent housing conditions of Indigenous peoples”. The housing conditions included in the report […]

Airships for the Mining Industry

Airships for the Mining Industry

Over the past two decades, global known reserves of minerals have diminished while exploration activities have declined. The world is not running out of metals, but most of the easily accessible ore deposits are depleting. Mining companies are being forced to dig deeper, or develop new ore bodies in untouched frontier areas with limited access. […]

Airship Costs for Intercontinental Shipping

Airship Costs for Intercontinental Shipping

Airships are well-named from an economic perspective. The economics of a cargo airship are more similar to an ocean-going ship, than to any other mode of transport. Of course, they serve the opposite ends of the cargo spectrum. Ships specialize in relatively low value, bulk cargoes, while airships would serve higher-value, packaged goods, but the […]

Airships in Intercontinental Shipping: The Demand Side

Airships in Intercontinental Shipping: The Demand Side

More than any other market, intercontinental shipping is where airships can foreseeably achieve vast success. This is where engineering and economics meet and give birth to wonders. Airships’ inherent technological advantages, low fuel consumption and huge payloads enable them to capture hundreds of billions, even trillions of ton-miles’ worth of freight business from cargo jets […]

Airships in the Wild

Airships in the Wild

It’s an old cliché that new transportation and communication technologies “make the world smaller.” Giant airships are poised to make it happen again. They will reduce the economic distance to faraway places, so there will be more travel and especially more trade, in a new wave of globalization. One aspect of this, the topic of […]

The Roadless Revolution: Airships, Trucks and the Last Mile

The Roadless Revolution: Airships, Trucks and the Last Mile

A claim sometimes made by aspiring airship builders is that airships can offer a “point to point” transport solution. Airplanes, trains, and ships haul cargo long distances, then require motor vehicles to complete the “last mile” of the journey. This airship claim has some merit, but “point to point” cargo operations are likely to be […]

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