Report: World’s Largest Airship In The Works

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Hangar One / NASA archive

Hangar One / NASA archive

A high-tech airship is under construction in a Silicon Valley hangar, according to a recent report in the Guardian, and it will likely be more than 650 feet from nose to tail. “It’s going to be massive on a grand scale,” one source told the paper, though that would still be smaller than classic airships of the early 1900s. The Hindenburg, for example, stretched more than 800 feet long. The new project, reportedly financed by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is being worked on in a former airship hangar at Moffett Field, which has been leased by Planetary Ventures, a Google-controlled company, since 2014. Brin has not released nor confirmed any information about the project.

Brin is reportedly interested in developing the airship both to deliver aid relief to remote areas and to provide a luxury mode of travel, according to the Guardian. A Bloomberg Technology story reported in April that construction was already underway at Moffett, with a metal skeleton for the airship filling much of the hangar space. The ship will be designed to control its buoyancy by taking in or releasing air, to avoid the need for ballast, according to the Guardian report.

Comments (5)

If it's going to be massive, it will never fly as lighter-than-air.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | May 29, 2017 12:36 PM    Report this comment

It will be weightless, not massless.

Posted by: Jonathan Cullifer | May 30, 2017 9:50 AM    Report this comment

It will be huge, voluminous, expansive, gigantic, but not "massive on a grand scale".

Posted by: Mark Fraser | May 30, 2017 4:22 PM    Report this comment

It will make air travel great again!! No jet lag because no jet!! Seriously, I believe there is a future for LTA in comfortable air travel as well as air tourism to remote areas. Just as with a cruise ship, you would not have to leave your accomodations, packing and unpacking at each stop.
Wth respect to trans-atlantic travel, the distance between New York and London is 3015 NM. While an airplane can do the flight in 6 or 7 hours, the average passenger has been up all day getting to the airport, and after an all night flight arrives too exhausted to enjoy the next day. If an airship could average a blistering 90 knot groundspeed, the trip could be completed in just 33 hours. Pax would have two restful, vibration-free nights on board, breathing fresh ocean air at close to sea level pressure, and would be able to hit the ground running (as soon as they passed through customs and immigration).

Posted by: BARRY BORELLA | April 2, 2018 11:18 AM    Report this comment

It will make air travel great again!! No jet lag because no jet!! Seriously, I believe there is a future for LTA in comfortable air travel as well as air tourism to remote areas. Just as with a cruise ship, you would not have to leave your accomodations, packing and unpacking at each stop.
Wth respect to trans-atlantic travel, the distance between New York and London is 3015 NM. While an airplane can do the flight in 6 or 7 hours, the average passenger has been up all day getting to the airport, and after an all night flight arrives too exhausted to enjoy the next day. If an airship could average a blistering 90 knot groundspeed, the trip could be completed in just 33 hours. Pax would have two restful, vibration-free nights on board, breathing fresh ocean air at close to sea level pressure, and would be able to hit the ground running (as soon as they passed through customs and immigration).

Posted by: BARRY BORELLA | April 2, 2018 11:18 AM    Report this comment

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