Should Airships Make a Comeback?

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Thank you to Eli Dourado for letting us explore the argument he describes in his article:

A huge thank you to Dan Grossman and Nick Allman for their time, help, and expertise.

Also a massive thank you to those who helped us understand the world of modern airships, and provided valuable feedback – Prof. Barry Prentice, Gennadiy Verba, Prof.
Christoph Pflaum, Heather Roszczyk, Dr. Casey Handmer, Richard Van Trueren, & Thibault Proux.

We are also grateful for the collaboration of the companies who are working hard to make this comeback happen – Atlas LTA, Buoyant Aircraft Systems International, Hybrid Air Vehicles, LTA Research, & Flying Whales.


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LTA Research (2023). Lighter Than Air (LTA) Research –

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Flying Whales (2023). Flying Whales –

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What happened to the Hindenburg?, Jared Owen via Youtube –

National Museum of the U.S. Navy. USS Akron (ZRS-4) –

USS Akron, Wikipedia –

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Written by Casper Mebius & Derek Muller
Directed by Casper Mebius
Edited by Jack Saxon
Filmed by Derek Muller, Jamie MacLeod, Han Evans, & Raquel Nuno
Animation by Mike Radjabov & Fabio Albertelli
Additional video/photos supplied by Getty Images, Pond5, & Envato Elements
Music from Epidemic Sound & Pond5
Produced by Casper Mebius, Derek Muller, & Han Evans

More footage & photos from:
Thermite Rail Welding video by dulevoz via YouTube –

O’Rourke, T. (2016). Chronicle Covers: When the Hindenburg burst into flames. San Francisco Chronicle –

Wind turbine blade transport video by DOLL Fahrzeugbau via YouTube –

Wind turbine blade transport through mountains video by CGTN via Youtube –

Former Airship Hangar by Stefan Kühn –