The proposed 850-foot-long luxury airship is called Aeroscraft, and although it looks like a blimp and uses some blimp technology, company spokesman Edward Pevzner is quick to point out, Its NOT a blimp.
The Aeroscraft uses lifting gas like an airship, but incorporates dynamic liftoff similar to an airplane and is capable of vertical takeoff and landing like a helicopter.
A smaller prototype should be ready in the next 18 months and Pevzner speculates the behemoth cruise liner complete with staterooms, restaurants, shops, etc. will be done by 2010.
Pevzner insists the structure is very sturdy. He says shooting arrows at the Aeroscraft is not going to do anything, and that only something like a missile would damage it.
For those having Hindenburg flashbacks, Pevzner insists, Again, its not a blimp. The gas they used for the [Hindenburg] blimp was hydrogen. The gas we use is helium, which is essentially a fire extinguisher.
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