Every big project needs its drivers – motivations & ideas. This page covers some of the main topics that demonstrate why we think that bringing back modern airships is clearly the next big opportunity.
Acute Environmental Demands
The global economy and its transportation requirements have had a huge impact on our environment—due not just to their substantial production of greenhouse gases, but also to other factors such as noise pollution, dust and the amount of land needed for the supporting infrastructure.
At present, the entire aviation industry emits a total of 1.04 billion tones of CO2 into our atmosphere annually.
Our Airship will produce no harmful emissions because it will rely solely on Hydrogen for its lifting capacity and power requirements.
The noise levels associated with traditional aircraft take-off measure between 120 and 140 decibels. Any sound above 85 decibels has the potential to cause hearing damage. Noise pollution is one of the most common factors causing numerous health problems like sleep deprivation.
Thanks to our Airship’s electric propulsion and buoyant uplift, its operational noise maxes out at 69 decibels, which is comparable to a dishwasher. However, much lower sound levels can be achieved for any take-off or landing, leaving the noisy stage for the cruising part of the flight – where the airship is already at a safe altitude.
At present, the world’s oil reserves are somewhat proven to be equivalent to 46.6 times annual consumption levels. This means that we have about 47 years of oil left (at current consumption levels and excluding unproven reserves).
Since our Airship relies solely on Hydrogen, it can be sustainably operated without any need for traditional fossil fuel products. Hydrogen is used for all of the Airship’s power requirements and can be sourced locally with minimal, or very close to zero environmental impact.
A 4th industrial revolution is coming and is bringing numerous new technologies. Those who adopt these new technologies and put them into practical application will enjoy a great advantage across the entire market. Our project counts on successful adoption of these technologies to achieve sustainable and continuous delivery, while also continuing to improve all aspects of our products in parallel.
3D printing and CNC machines
3D printing technologies are on the rise. They are already recognised as providing a huge leap forward in systems design and prototyping by some of the largest companies in space and avionics.
Being able to adopt some of the best [3D printing and CNC?] software development practices and move them into the manufacturing space is still somewhat uncommon. Designing and building an airship with this in mind [utilizing these technologies?] will greatly benefit its final ROI(return on investment).
With the coming 4th industrial revolution, we think that the majority of our airship manufacturing will be done by robots!
Widely applied in car manufacturing, the aircraft industry and now, even non-manufacturing activities such as farming, we believe that using applied robotics, an airship will be built in days, without relying on human manual labor.
This will also greatly benefit final product quality, while achieving continuous product evolution and easy, on-demand customisation. Imagine updating a simple colour instruction that can result in a unique envelope skin design for your airship.
Drones & UAVs
Drones and all sorts of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in general, are here and are very quickly becoming a part of our daily lives. What used to be a toy is now a serious workhorse driving a number of businesses.
While a traditional quad-copter drone can stay airborne up to 30 minutes, our airship uses millennia-old buoyancy laws to manage its power resources with a magnitude-higher efficiency – staying airborne for up to several days.
It is like having all the benefits and none of the sacrifices in one vehicle. The airship is super energy efficient and is capable of all the UAVs tricks, including:
- navigation through designated points
- remote controlled and autonomous modes
- automatic homing abilities
Let’s not call it AI, but it is clear that Machine Learning allows today’s engineering to achieve something that hasn’t been possible before.
From product design to testing, calibration, monitoring, operations, path finding, safety, cost optimization and even customer comfort – Machine Learning is becoming absolutely essential to all of these areas.
Our Airship will rely on Machine Learning technology to help enhance all of its essential parameters.
Modern flight and avionics
Over the past hundred years, our understanding of flight has changed quite dramatically.
While numerous flight and avionics enhancements have come largely through the leap forward in ICT, let’s consider just a few:
- aircraft modelling
- global positioning systems
- weather forecasting
It is well known that 100 years ago (DELAG), airships were one of the most reliable and commercially successful aircraft. Now, imagine airships enhanced to perfection, with their security and economy greatly improved through the technological advances listed above. They would be unbeatable on many levels.
There are number of ways to solve today’s problem – game theory is one of the engineering ways how to tackle many. The Theory of collective service, the Monte-Carlo and the Travelling salesman problem are some of those which will help to deliver efficient solutions in a system operations.
With great steps forward in our understanding of Game theory in the past decades and removal of limiting factors of today’s transportation options – airships will be even more efficient than any transportation option being used today.
It has recently been 110 years since the discovery of first fully synthetic plastics in 1907. However all our material technology has evolved in a unprecedented way in the past century.
Whichever it is – PET, HDPE, PVC, PP, PS – these would be considered miracle materials when building the original airships, but this is just where our story starts – Kevlar, Carbon Fiber, graphene-based aerogels are some of many many more of these modern materials. All these are commonly available these days, they allow new construction options never seen before – such as being lighter, stronger, sound-proof, more stable and more performing in every imaginable way.
Our calculations show that, while matching the original airship’s lift, today’s version would be scaled down by quite ridiculous 70%.
The Internet of things
The IOT is more efficient, less costly in mass transit, and it employs networks of sensors, digital cameras, and communication systems to increase system capacity and enhance passenger safety and comfort while lowering costs and risks – that’s the real potential of IOT – the internet of things.
Using the latest advancements in IOT such as various Arduinos, RPIs and ESP32s – many aspects of today’s airships can be greatly improved – from its manufacturing to the passengers travel comfort.
Energy conservation is the effort made to reduce the consumption of energy by using less of an energy service – energy conservation is today’s goal for many technology companies as it is perceived as a key factor to a zero-emission society.
Personal electric cars have shown us the way, however this technology doesn’t scale well for industrial transportation. Going through all the options available, there is probably nothing what could even closely compete with airship technology.
Airships can serve as a transportation option which is not only energy efficient, but in some cases it can potentially produce more energy through its flight thanks to a mounted photovoltaic that will supply an actual energy surplus.
Hydrogen industry Opportunities
The environmental impact of transportation is huge. It is not just the substantial production of greenhouse gases, but also the noise, dust and the enormous areas needed for the infrastructure and its maintenance.
The highest energy density fuel is Hydrogen
The energy in 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of hydrogen gas is about the same as the energy in 1 gallon (6.2 pounds, 2.8 kilograms) of gasoline.
While many may bet on energy storage through electric batteries as our way forth to a zero-emission society, Hydrogen seems to be a much more plausible way forward. One of its great advantages is that it carries more energy per kg than common fuels making its overall management more economic.
So once agreed – let’s use Hydrogen to transport Hydrogen! And when doing so, let’s connect producers and consumers the most efficient way – through the air!
Allowed as a lifting gas in Australia
As per CASA (Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority) the usage of Hydrogen as a lifting gas is not forbidden.
This instantly a great market opportunity for developing this technology locally, while usage of this gas is not allowed by American and European regulators.
Producers and consumers
The latest significant government push in the Australian environmental policies is its raise in Hydrogen production, however the market seems to not be matured enough yet to provide enough Hydrogen to consumers.
A Hydrogen-powered airship would provide a bridging solution which would allow to connect both sides and potentially greatly improve the situation in the market to make Hydrogen available and understood it as a way forward.
A transportation network makes markets more competitive. Economists often study resource allocation—that is, how specific goods and services are used. A transportation system improves the allocation process because it widens the number of opportunities for suppliers and buyers.
New technologies & Industry lead
In a last decade the Australian economy has undertaken significant transformation from its long-term mining and farming focus to becoming an industry leader in multiple areas such as ICT and Aeronautics. However any new technology is greatly encouraged to provide a competitive advantage to the economy.
Our airship project has the potential to establish an industry lead in this field providing prime access to numerous patents and unique new technologies developed alongside with the project’s summoning.
New transportation options
There is a significant demand, ranging from mining and transport industry to government agencies, for delivering medium to large-scale payloads on any distance. In many cases there are logistical nightmares and solving those requires substantial resource investment in a form of time and material.
Airship technology would offer an instant point-to-point delivery option allowing the delivery of any article in unprecedented precision, with minimal to no sacrifice on its demands such as cargo weight and size, or landing/take-off area.
Tourism is one of the Australia’s greatest export articles and also a well recognised industry, creating a significant opportunity to bring funding to our local businesses.
Imagine visiting some of the Australia’s most significant landmarks with an airship. Seeing magnificent Uluru in the sunset, Sydney’s harbour bridge, Queensland’s Carnarvon Gorge, Tasmania’s Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park from inside the complete silence of a majestic airship – that would be for many a once in a life-time experience.
Monitoring & surveillance
The Earth’s observation for it’s sustainable development is one of the latest major disciplines aiming to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment.
While there are numerous tools in place to deliver, there is none which would be able to provide a service like an actual airship platform. Ranging from fisheries monitoring, through data collection for local farmers and boarder security, an airship platform would certainly open many new ways on how to understand our current world problems and potentially contribute to their solution.
The ever-growing demand to support military operations by airlifting troops and military equipment for long distances is a key success factor for every modern army.
A technology which could deliver bulky cargo autonomously to those who need it the most with a minimal demand on its transport requirements would be a great complement to any situation – whether it is through peaceful or difficult times.
Instant emergency telecommunication
Communication during and immediately after a disaster situation is a vital component of response and recovery. Effective communication connects first respondents, support systems, and family members with the communities and individuals immersed in the disaster.
In these days of mobile technology it seems to be very easy to rely on the omnipresent GSM signal, allowing us to reach help whenever needed. However in case of natural or civilian disasters this option may not be available. An enhanced airship can be dispatched to the areas with a purpose to provide a temporary telecommunication option to those who need it.
New travelling options
Our modern society is ever-changing and some of the things which used to be a fine couple years in the past are not too well accepted today. A global pandemic – one of the latest game changers – demonstrated that new requirements can be implemented practically over the night.
Increased demand and staffing shortages are contributing to huge delays and airport logjams across all countries. There are limited options to build new airports or extend the old ones.
Airships generally need just a minimal, or no runway at all and overall demand on various airport facilities can be greatly reduced. This allows to distribute the passengers and cargo more evenly then today’s standard – very likely making the travelling industry much less stressful to all involved.
Well, have you ever thought to travel with your pet on board? Airships can make it possible.
More private space
One of the first counter-pandemic options introduced were to maintain a minimal gap between passengers. This is hard to achieve through common transportation options, unless greatly reducing their capacity.
While not being completely unlimited, airships offer a great amount of personal space. There are no hard limits on cabin space, rails, or road size. There is no penalty for additional space, which allows for generosity and provides the so needed comfort for everyone.
Why fast when you can take it slow
In the past decade we’ve got used to think that faster is better and many companies are developing travelling option which can take you from Sydney to New York in a couple of hours. Well, what if this isn’t the case anymore?
If you’d get a cabin, good food & beverages, a fitness club, cinema, access to the best Internet broadband (Starlink) and a viewing platform with beautiful sunsets and unlimited access to the best Brazilian coffee – would you really mind arriving there in 3 days?
All this and we’ll throw in an additional absence of motion sickness and jet-lag.
There are so many beautiful places around to visit, there is still so much to do and achieve – let’s write another story together.
Machu Picchu, the great pyramids of Gyza, Paris, delta of Amazon, Mount Everest, Andaman and Nikobar islands – countless places waiting to be re-discovered in a peaceful way, without actually leaving a trace of our presence. Leaving visitors just speechless with a unique memory for the rest of their lives.
Contribute, help and share
Humanitarian help and relief, aerial photography, rescue and supply missions, environment monitoring, animal census, civil planning, air quality monitoring, resources mapping, discovery and many more forms of exploration. Each of these are in demand for a platform which could deliver.
Open new research options
Earth observation, atmosphere research, astronomy and radio-astronomy, new materials, human physiology and psychology. We practically haven’t started yet, but can you imagine a radio-telescope the size of an airship hanging in a middle of the Pacific ocean? They can have it all.
At BBBlimp, we believe that the airships technology should be given a second chance and with all the advances and progress which was achieved in past 100 years we can build a completely new type of airship which would be a complement or even superior to many of today’s transportation options.
Contact us with to express your interest in this project – all enthusiasts into dirigibles and crazy engineers are welcome!