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

America's First Flying Aircraft Carriers Just Couldn't Stay in the Sky

Flying aircraft carriers are a great idea on paper—especially when they're commanded by the likes of Nick Fury—but in reality, they're more death trap than sky island. Or, at least, the short-lived USS Akron was. When it crashed off the New Jersey coast in 1933, it took nearly everybody on board with it. » 11/12/14 11:40am 11/12/14 11:40am

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

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 6:01pm 12/03/13 6:01pm

Balloon Jumping: Yesterday's Fun (and Dangerous) Sport of the Future

Faster than a speeding dirigible! More powerful than a horseless carriage! Able to leap short cottages in a single bound! It's a bird! It's an aeroplane! It's a... jumper balloon? » 10/23/13 2:38pm 10/23/13 2:38pm

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 Aluminum Airship of the Future Has Finally Flown

There was once a time when man looked to the skies and expected to see giant balloons rather than airplanes drifting above. The Hindenburg Disaster promptly put an end to those dreams. But nearly a century later, one company may have finally figured out how to build a dirigible suitable for the 21st century. Just… » 9/13/13 1:00pm 9/13/13 1:00pm