Editorials

Published editorials written by members of ISOPolar or the public regarding the airship industry. Please contact ISOPolar to make a submission.

Planes Are Ruining the Planet. New, Mighty Airships Won’t.

Article By Starre Julia Vartan – onezero.medium.com This August, Greta Thunberg sailed across the Atlantic in a zero-emission sailboat to protest the high carbon footprint of plane travel. But there’s good reason to think she may someday travel to climate protests via airship — the same giant aircraft, buoyed by gas-filled balloons, that were popular […]

Quebec defends $ 30 million investment in airships

Article By Mylène Crête in Quebec City – www.ledevoir.com The Quebec government is right to invest $ 30 million in the construction of industrial airships, according to Barry Prentice, a transportation economics expert at the University of Manitoba who has been interested in this technology for many years. “This industry is still in its infancy, […]

The Canoe of the 21st Century?

Article By Josh Dehaas The problems plaguing Canada’s isolated, fly-in First Nations communities are well-known: dependence on welfare and public housing, a high cost of living and few educational or employment opportunities. The best and brightest often leave for the South, while those left behind live with crumbling and ill-maintained infrastructure and experience high rates […]

NINETY YEARS SINCE THE FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD AIRSHIP FLIGHT

NINETY YEARS SINCE THE FIRST ROUND-THE-WORLD AIRSHIP FLIGHT

Article By FÉDÉRATION AÉRONAUTIQUE INTERNATIONALE – WORLD AIR SPORTS FEDERATION Photo credit: FAI August 2019 marks the 90 year anniversary of the first round-the-world airship journey, made by German pilot Dr Hugo Eckener and his passengers in the rigid airship, Graf Zeppelin. The Graf Zeppelin was already famous, having already made a 71-hour, 6384.50km journey […]

Making a case for returning airships to the skies

Making a case for returning airships to the skies

Article By International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Photo credit: CC0 Public Domain Reintroducing airships into the world’s transportation-mix could contribute to lowering the transport sector’s carbon emissions and can play a role in establishing a sustainable hydrogen based economy. According to the authors of an IIASA-led study, these lighter-than-air aircraft could ultimately increase the […]

The Legacy of Zeppelin Airship Innovation

The Legacy of Zeppelin Airship Innovation

Article By Doug Bonderud Photo credit: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images The rock band or the doomed blimp? Hydrogen explosions and catchy melodic hooks have hijacked our thinking about the term “Zeppelin.” Visceral television coverage of the Hindenburg disaster — and its scale — have largely overwritten the more storied tales of these luxurious sky kings. Consider […]

Filling the Friendly Skies With Hot Air

Filling the Friendly Skies With Hot Air

Article By Adam Minter Photo credit: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images With China’s help, huge, balloon-like craft could revolutionize air transport. Just don’t call them blimps. When a massive helium-filled airship designed by Flying Whales, a French manufacturer, takes to the air for the first time in 2021, it won’t be against the backdrop of the Eiffel […]

Airships Are Going to Redefine the Logistics Industry

Airships Are Going to Redefine the Logistics Industry

By Dr. William Oliver Hedgepeth Photo credit: onlinecareertips.com An airship, often referred to as a hybrid, is a helium-filled winged structure. The airship’s wings perform exactly like an airplane’s wings; they give the airship lift when it moves forward. But the airship does not require a runway or an airport to take off and land. […]

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