The future of heavy cargo transportation looked positively eco-friendly and blimp-like earlier this summer, so it's really no surprise that Australia's Skylifter cargo blimp is making the Internet rounds this weekend.


Theoretically capable of lifting about 150 tons, this massive 500-ft prototype blimp features a flying saucer shape so that it can combat heavy winds and still deliver its cargo at a breakneck speeds (playful sarcasm) over distances of up to 1,200 miles.

Skylifter, which is also the name of the company that builds it, plans on having these airborne within the next three years. [Economist via Popular Science via DVICE]