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Financial air let out of Airship Ventures

By tvgnus   2012 Nov 15, 12:36am   909 views   7 comments   watch (1)   quote

Zeppelin-flying California firm shuts down •  It is with a very heavy heart that we've come to this point Airship Ventures Inc. says its done, without enough revenue to keep flying its giant Zeppelin lighter-than-air dirigible.

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1   EBGuy     2012 Nov 15, 5:56am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Hmmm.... maybe they would have been better using the fuel in Shrek's photo as they claim a world helium shortage increased the company's operating costs.

2   Bellingham Bill   70/70 = 100% civil   2012 Nov 15, 6:22am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote    

too bad I can't build a big-ass dirigible to escape the bay area's insane land valuations. . .

I could parachute to work every day but getting back up is a bitch . . .

3   leo707     2012 Nov 15, 7:47am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Being a fan of Airships, a while back I looked into doing one of their sightseeing tours. I don't remember the specifics but it was $300-400ish dollars for about an hour.

I did not book a tour.

4   Bellingham Bill   70/70 = 100% civil   2012 Nov 15, 8:00am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

For $400 you're better off booking a r/t to Seattle and just enjoying the view on the way in & out of SFO

5   zzyzzx   559/559 = 100% civil   2012 Nov 15, 8:10am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

It's all Obama's fault!

6   Bellingham Bill   70/70 = 100% civil   2012 Nov 15, 8:15am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

7   New Renter     2012 Nov 15, 10:45am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Melmakian says

My photo was a reference to the cursed history of all attempts at commercializing rigid and semi-rigid airship transportation.

They've all failed for one reason or another.

Hydrogen is actually quite safe relative to public misperceptions but regulators won't let them use it. The Hindenburg disaster itself was caused not by some 'spark' that caused the hydrogen to go up but by the high flammability of the coatings on the support frames and the stuff the gas cells holding the hydrogen was made of -- both of which would NEVER be used in modern equivalents.

But the regulators still live in Lakehurst, New Jersey circa 1937.

Nice thing about hydrogen - it provides buoyancy AND can provide motive power via either fuel cells or an IC engine.

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