NASA: Let's Explore Venus in Solar Zeppelins and Build Cloud City There

There's a lot we can learn about Earth's atmosphere from studying Venus, however, it's Venus' crushingly thick air—precisely what we want to study—that is preventing us from sending manned missions there. But this radical zeppelin could finally help us unlock the secrets of our celestial neighbor. » 12/19/14 11:40am 12/19/14 11:40am

These Massive Hangars in Orange County Once Housed WWII Airships

Rising conspicuously above the red-tile roofs and big-box stores of suburban Tustin, California, these two massive hangars stand as monuments to a lost age of aviation, built when lighter-than-air dirigibles held promise as the future of air travel—and air warfare. » 7/17/14 4:43pm 7/17/14 4:43pm

These High-Flying Drones Almost Hit Satellite Status

Low earth orbit is becoming increasingly crowded with satellite traffic and, as Gravity showed us, increasingly treacherous. So rather than try to squeeze yet another spacecraft into the mix, a French consortium has begun development on a super-high altitude, autonomous dirigible that will skim along the edge of the… » 3/21/14 11:40am 3/21/14 11:40am

Goodyear's Newest Blimp Isn't Actually a Blimp

This ain't no blimp. The first new dirigible in nearly a half century to bear the the iconic Goodyear logo is actually a rigid airship—a safer, more efficient, far less explodey form of air travel than conventional blimps. » 3/14/14 4:40pm 3/14/14 4:40pm

The World's Longest Aircraft Finally Gets Off the Ground

The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the… » 2/28/14 7:00pm 2/28/14 7:00pm

The Coolest Toys from the 1911 FAO Schwarz Catalog

Smithsonian's Around the Mall blog recently dug up an awesome FAO Schwarz catalog from 1911, found over at the Internet Archive. It's filled with some pretty fantastic toys, including airship-themed board games, Kodak cameras, and carriages led by sheep. But these gifts didn't come cheap. » 12/24/13 12:01pm 12/24/13 12:01pm

The Airship Heaven That Upstate New York Never Was

All Over Albany recently posted this futuristic illustration of Troy, New York, drawn in 1916. The image shows Troy in the year 2016: the streets lined with streamlined buses and trolleys, the sky filled with giant airships, and a rather phallic-looking building towering over downtown. » 12/03/13 6:23pm 12/03/13 6:23pm

Super Sad Guy Watches Hindenburg Show, Tries To Blow His House Up

Gotta feel bad for this guy: a Pennsylvania man who'd hit some very hard times wanted to end it all in a fiery blaze after watching a TV show about the Hindenburg crash. He's still alive, but the explosion he set off leveled his house. » 11/09/13 5:24pm 11/09/13 5:24pm

31 Photos From the Golden Age of Airships, When Zeppelins Ruled the Sky

It's been nearly a century since airships floated by the Empire State Building. But now that the aluminum airship of the future is here and almost ready to carry passengers, it's high time that we took a look back to those few decades when majestic zeppelins seemed like the future of travel. » 9/24/13 9:00am 9/24/13 9:00am

The Incredible Engineering Behind History's Greatest Airships

Zeppelins are actually quite an impressive species of aeronautical engineering—you know, when they aren't on fire. That's especially true considering the level of technological prowess in the 1920's. Our friends at Oobject have assembled 12 shots of these magnificent air-borne cruisers before they ever lifted off.
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The $40 Million Delivery Blimp

The Ice Road Truckers may soon have themselves some competition if Canadian specialty aviation company, Discovery Air, has its way. They want to deliver supplies to the Great White North's most remote locales via dirigible by 2014. » 8/30/11 10:30pm 8/30/11 10:30pm

How a Colossal Airship Hangar Became a Colossal Water Park

On the left: a $110 million airship hangar, the world's largest freestanding building, located 40 miles south of Berlin. On the right: that same building seen today: home to Tropical Islands Resort, a massive water park and indoor rainforest. Huh? » 12/23/10 6:40pm 12/23/10 6:40pm

Forget Noisy Blimps, Say Hello To the Airfish

The next time you're at a music festival and see a giant rainbow trout swishing around in the sky, there's just a chance you might not be intoxicated. It might be scientists testing an airship that moves like a fish. » 6/05/10 9:00am 6/05/10 9:00am

Beautiful Concept Airship Looks 85 Years into the Future

This whale-like entry into KLM Indonesia's aircraft design competition reminds me of the French "Manned Cloud" concept from a few years back. The WB-1010 would seat more than 1500 people, and use a combination of super-jet, helium, and wind power. » 10/14/09 11:10am 10/14/09 11:10am

250-Foot Long Hybrid Airship Will Spy Over Afghanistan Battlefields in…

Sometimes it feels like I'm already living in the future. The U.S Army's Space and Missile Defense command plans to have an unmanned spy-ship capable of loitering at 20,000-feet (for up to three weeks) ready to deploy by mid-2011. » 9/23/09 4:40pm 9/23/09 4:40pm

Spanish Police Foil Remote-Controlled Zeppelin Jailbreak

In a plot that's crazy (and evil genius) enough to be from James Bond, three people have been arrested after police discovered their plan to free a drug trafficker from an island prison using a 13-foot airship carrying night goggles, climbing gear and camouflage paint. » 7/05/09 6:29pm 7/05/09 6:29pm

Zeppelins Return to the US This Halloween, $785 Gets You On Board

We first learned about Airship Ventures plans » 10/08/08 7:00pm 10/08/08 7:00pm to bring airship travel back to the US after a 70 year absence back in May when they secured 8 million in funding for the project. Now it appears that their dream of filling the skies with huge, slow balloons once more will become a reality this Halloween when they will…

Zeppelins Return to US, Slightly Less Flammable Now

A San Francisco start-up called Airship Ventures has raised $8 million to launch its first Zeppelin this fall, for the purposes of tourism and research. The "flightseeing," as they're calling it, will cost a $250 to $500 for a spin around the Bay Area in a bonafide don't-call-it-a-blimp Zeppelin. What's the… » 5/11/08 10:30am 5/11/08 10:30am

Airship Yachts for Fun and Profit

If you're looking for a lighter-than-air yacht, 21st Century Airships builds highly advanced craft that can be used for promotions or just for fun. Powered by a hybrid diesel and electric system, the spherical orbs can have a full luxury cabin built inside for their lucky occupants. These airship yachts can be custom… » 3/21/06 9:03am 3/21/06 9:03am

Super-Luxury Vacations Aboard Airborne Cruise Ships?

Some members of the Gizmodo team have flown on the Goodyear blimp, and marvel at that thrill of standing on a platform in the air. Now blimp maker Worldwide Aeros Corporation says it plans to offer that experience to paying customers by 2010. It has teamed up with hospitality and leisure firm WATG in an agreement to… » 2/10/06 10:17am 2/10/06 10:17am