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Sunday, May 23, 2004

When Will You Board An Airship?
Hokan Colting founded his Canadian company, 21st Century Airships Inc., in 1988 to build lighter-than-air crafts, such as balloons and airships. He recently gave an interview to New Scientist.

In this conversation, he speaks about his latest spherical airship with which he reached a record altitude of 6,234 meters in June 2003. He says that his spherical airships are safe, reliable and need less space to land than cigar-shaped ones. He envisions that his airships will soon be used to carry wireless communications and for surveillance missions. He also wants to circle the world in a non-stop flight as early as next year.

Finally, he says that his airships will be used for sightseeing rides, such as photo safaris in Africa. You'll find selected excepts from his interview in this overview, which also includes pictures and more references.
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