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Financial air let out of Airship Ventures

By tvgnus   2012 Nov 15, 12:36am   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   885 views   7 comments   watch (1)   share   quote  

http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=22301

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   top   bottom   home   share  

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 (12/12 = 100% civil)   2012 Nov 15, 6:22am  ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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   top   bottom   home   share  

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 (12/12 = 100% civil)   2012 Nov 15, 8:00am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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 (49/49 = 100% civil)   2012 Nov 15, 8:10am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

It's all Obama's fault!

6   Bellingham Bill (12/12 = 100% civil)   2012 Nov 15, 8:15am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

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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