Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 4
Still Waters

The new Aeroscraft airship

34 posts in this topic

Lets bring backe commerial at a gasZepperlin for world wide cargo and tourist travel what a way to tour the world what a gas and lets use Hydrogen as the fuel safer than gasoline and more plentyful.

I also wonder if it could be profitable for "cruises". Transatlantic/Pacific travels with beautiful vistas. Shore excursions could be a bit dicey though ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

is this actually real? i find this video quite bizarre, why would the military advertise new tech?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wonder how it would hold up against air-defenses... Guessing it will only be deployed after all anti-air defenses are taken out and we have air superiority. Being a hydrogen craft that is basically one giant balloon floating in the sky, it would be quite easy to be downed and means tons of equipment lost in battle. Once again our government isn't thinking about what could happen and how to protect such a precious aircraft.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it doesn't matter, what matters is to secure funds.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I wonder how it would hold up against air-defenses... Guessing it will only be deployed after all anti-air defenses are taken out and we have air superiority. Being a hydrogen craft that is basically one giant balloon floating in the sky, it would be quite easy to be downed and means tons of equipment lost in battle. Once again our government isn't thinking about what could happen and how to protect such a precious aircraft.

When you think of it, cargo aircraft are just as vulnerable. The key will be to only use them in situations for resupply not too close to a hostile area. Massive amounts of supplies could be staged and all that would need be done is inflate and sail :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Lets bring backe commerial at a gasZepperlin for world wide cargo and tourist travel what a way to tour the world what a gas and lets use Hydrogen as the fuel safer than gasoline and more plentyful.

Hydrogen is "safe"? You better ask the Hindenburgh crew about that!

Maybe you meant to write "helium". Helium is safe alright, but it is also prohibitively expensive to produce. The military, being goverment (i.e. tax-payer) funded, has of course no budget qualms... they do not have a market place to answer to. But for private travel and transport, the zeppelin age is gone. Unless you find a way to produce cheap helium.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also wonder if it could be profitable for "cruises". Transatlantic/Pacific travels with beautiful vistas. Shore excursions could be a bit dicey though ;)

I think for luxury cruises, zeppelins could find a market niche. The question is if the market is big anough to develop and produce enough of these things to make it viable. I suspect the market niche is too small.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Unless you find a way to produce cheap helium.

That is not going to happen, unless they figure out cheap nuclear fusion. Most helium, AFAIK, comes from natural gas deposits were it is pulled up with everything else and seperated in an early stage of refinement. Otherwise helium is very rare in Earth's atmosphere and would be impossible to get cheaply in any real amounts.

Hydrogen on the other hand can be made from water.

Speculation on the Hindenburg is that the skin of the ship was actually a major factor in why it was not safe. Hydrogen when it burns is almost colorless and burns so fast as to basically not do much damage. If the skin was not so flamable, the ship simply would have flashed hot, and then quickly settled to the ground. Probably people in areas with no hydrogen would have not been killed, unless by the fall. Use of kevlar fabrics with sealing layers added would make fireproof, tear proof, piercing proof, lightweight hydrogen coverings. So it could now be done much safer then 100 years ago.

Plus hydrogen has 4 times the lifting ability of helium, which has much more lifting ability then anything else. So hydrogen, within suitably safe balloons/cells, would be the best bet.

Edited by DieChecker

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Not front line maybe but imagine if you wanted to move all your military to an allied country next door, such as what they did during the Gulf wars. Rather than dozens of cargo planes flying in and out, it would just require one or two blimps to carry all the equipment in. Everything would be on site incredibly quickly, all together, ready to operate much faster and most of all in these economic times, much, much cheaper!

I am not sure on the height limits of the vehicle but most enemies of the state tend to countries with military limitations rather than Russia or China who could counter it! It therefore could be possible for it to hover over a country like Afgahnistan, Yemen, maybe Syria and survelliance at a safe height while also carrying a compliment of fully fuelled and armed Drones on board for attacks.

Yes I agree, not for front line, but more for cargo landings in safe zones. A good idea, no doubt.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 4

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.