A Vertical Vision: Tethered Airships

This article presents a rather speculative account of the potential for tethered airships in an urban transportation context. The author gives a brief history of the use of airships, and then articulates the necessity of providing transportation services without increasing fossil fuel dependence. Many conventional transportation methods require highly expensive land acquisitions and equipment. The author explains that, while airships have been plagued by difficulties in safety and their tendency to float with the wind. It is proposed that airships used in urban transit capacities could be tethered to mitigate risk of drift, and could be filled with inert helium to avoid the catastrophic damage caused by other airship gas types. It is recommended that the airship transportation model emulate ski lifts as their constant motion minimizes stops, which cause delays in conventional transportation types.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations;
  • Pagination: pp 56, 58
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042943
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 23 2007 5:57PM