The Airships Return!
To the hearts and minds of steampunk nerds like me, anyway. Via Helmand Blog:
The LEMV could also be used to move heavy equipment while in Afghanistan, a massive advantage over competing UAVS.
HAV’s Gordon Taylor told The Engineer: ‘Traditional airships only float when they’re in equilibrium. If you put ten people on board you’ve got to take ballast off before you go anywhere.
‘Then, as you fly you burn off fuel becoming too light and making it hard to land: a hybrid overcomes these issues.’
The aircraft – the first of three similar three similar vehicles – is expected to make its maiden flight next summer and will be deployed in Afghanistan by January 2012.
I have to admit, I find these things fascinating, at least in part because Aeon Flux infiltrated my brain at a young age, followed up by a great deal of steampunkiness. I want this to exist at least in part because it’s just cool. And capable. Totally capable.