Category Archives: Aircraft

Airships, trucks, and trains compared

The ton-mile’s of various craft were compared in this Next Big Future post. Wikipedia defines Gross-ton-miles as “Gross Ton Mile (GTM) is commonly used in Rail Transportation. Gross Ton Mile is the product of total weight (including the weight of … Continue reading

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Chinese trees and bigger blimps

2 Quick good news snippets: 1. China has replanted an area the size of Belgium with trees, and by 2020 should have replanted an area the size of France. I’ll say that again; an area the size of France! 2. … Continue reading

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Heavy-lifting balloons: Flying saucers | The Economist

  You’ve got to love it…     The company is developing a piloted dirigible capable of carrying loads of up to 150 tonnes over distances as great as 2,000km (1,240 miles) at a speed of 45 knots (83kph). This … Continue reading

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Blimps to Replace Aircraft for Freight

I love airships. They’re kind of steam-punk, but can boast the latest in high tech convenience and comfort. They’re already in the air, and don’t require enormous volumes of oil just to get air-born. They’re magnificent, huge beasts that can … Continue reading

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MIT Team Unveils Airplane that Uses 70 Percent Less Fuel | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

Wow! 70% less fuel? **** MIT Team Unveils Airplane that Uses 70 Percent Less Fuel by Brit Liggett, 05/17/10 MIT, airplane, aircraft, nasa, energy efficient, fuel efficient, less fuel, lower emissions Today a team of researchers at MIT unveiled their … Continue reading

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Zepplin that NEVER needs a refuelling station

1. Catch rainwater and store in ballast tanks2. Inverts propellers to become wind turbines3. Split rainwater to make hydrogen4. Hydrogen inflates airship and acts as fuel for fuel cells It’s a slow but steady lifestyle for air-artists, alternative travellers, hippies … Continue reading

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I just love these images, so I’m posting them again.

Is this the future of flight?Coal to liquids will probably supply some jet fuel for a while, despite concerns over global warming. However, unless algae really can be grown in sufficient quantities, will the future of flight look something like … Continue reading

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