A 3D image of Airlander traveling through a landscape (Airlander)

A 3D image of Airlander traveling through a landscape (Airlander)

Front view of the Airlander airship (Airlander)

Front view of the Airlander airship (Airlander)

A diagram shows the cabin and ground apparatus on the underside of the giant airship. (Airlander)

A diagram shows the cabin and ground apparatus on the underside of the giant airship. (Airlander)

An artist’s vision of Airliner traveling above a desert landscape. (Airlander)

An artist’s vision of Airliner traveling above a desert landscape. (Airlander)

Return of the Airship

Posted: May 1, 2015

The invention of the airplane is old news. But the invention of the airship is even older. Airships are filled with gas and lighter than air. They look like big puffy ships floating slowly through the sky.

Have you heard of dirigibles, blimps, or zeppelins? All these words refer to airships. In1937, the helium-filled airship Hindenburg exploded. For many years afterward, people were suspicious of airships. Now people rarely use them.

But all that is changing. Someday soon you might board an airship! Britain hopes to use the Airlander 10 to transport people and cargo. The Airlander 10 is 300 feet long. It’s the biggest aircraft in the world! It requires little fuel. You could ride in it for five days without stopping. That’s while it carries 20,000 pounds! Best of all, the Airlander 10 uses only a fraction the energy of a helicopter. But airships still fly much slower than planes. What would riding on one feel like? Because of its speed, it might remind you of an ocean cruise.

God has no limits. But He made His creation to work according to certain rules. Airships land by letting out the gas that makes them float. A man named Igor Pasternak created a new system. It lets airships release more helium while they land. That makes landing safer and faster. New airships may be able to land anywhere. How handy for people who live in hard-to-reach spots!

Do you think you would ever ride in an airship? What would it feel like to be carried by a machine lighter than air?