Dirigibles to Grace Skies Over Germany Once Again

Science  09 Feb 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5506, pp. 973-974
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5506.973

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Two German companies are betting that giant airships not seen since World War II can pay off in ferrying tourists and heavy objects--and perhaps even doing science. Modern materials are giving the new breed of dirigibles a big advantage over last century's zeppelins; the airships could also provide a vibration-free and steerable platform for scientists, particularly those using instruments for which a plane is too fast.