I hope someday, maybe soon, that most of the 18 wheelers rolling down the Interstate will be replaced with airships like this:
Wouldn’t that be nice? A stream of these things all chained together heading somewhere without tearing up our roads? Imagine the money we would save by building roads that would last decades?
Will it happen? I’ve no idea. But anything we can reasonably do to keep trucks off our roads while maintaining our commerce lines of communication would be a huge win.
In the Artic, where there aren’t any roads, they are considering airships for freight movement.
British airship manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles has announced a major contract with Canada’s Discovery Air Innovations to build airships capable of lifting as much as 50 tons, delivering freight at one-quarter the cost of other alternatives. Though various militaries have expressed interest in airships, this is HAV’s first commercial contract. The first ship is expected by 2014.
Fingers crossed. I’d love for airships to flourish to the point where I could get an airship RV and cruise America, or the world, without driving.