Friday, February 24, 2006

Aeroscraft to Revolutionize Air Cargo Transportation

Popular Science is running a cool article on the next generation of aircraft: A type of rigid-hull dirigible called an Aeroscraft.

The Popular Science article focuses on the luxury accommodations available for passengers who book a flight on the touring model, but the real money will be in its amazing ability to carry aloft more cargo than any other air transport system available.

A military version dubbed the Walrus will have the capacity to carry around 500 tons of cargo, 12,000 nautical miles in less than a week. A Commuter model could re-open short travel lines long abandoned by commercial airliners for cost reasons.

In all, the new craft represents a whole new way of looking at air transport. And when it comes to present cost effectiveness, the Aeroscraft can not be beat.

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