The Return of the Blimp
What if I told you blimps were making a comeback? Like the big air balloon things that no one sees anymore. Would you want to travel in one? Well, Hybrid Vehicles, a private company, is currently in the development stages of making their Airlander aircraft. This is supposed to be a helium-filled electric blimp capable of carrying passengers for a scenic sky cruise. It’s designed for zero air emissions carrying up to 100 people.
The company is currently in the process of making two separate carriers, one that could fly up to 5 days and one that is a bit bigger. The goal is for these to be another alternative to airplanes in which they would have shorter lines but require a little more time to arrive at their destination. The company already signed a deal with a Spanish airline, Air Nostrum for 10 Airlander aircrafts in 2026. Right now, the company has made a prototype that is used to conduct air flights for continued development. This has helped them make decisions such as making the aircraft drift down on the ground when the engine stops instead of floating away, as well as the design of the blimp. By the end of the year, the company is focusing on getting a type certification and expanding their production quarters in England. So far, their tests have produced 75% less CO2 than an airplane, but there are questions about where these new modes of transportation will depart and arrive from. Another concern is people’s preconceived notions about the Hindenburg disaster that killed 30 people.
But what do you think? Are you willing to take the risk?
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