The archaic technology may offer an alternative solution to air travel.

As convenient as air travel is, we are facing mounting costs for fuel, issues with flight cancellation, and the over saturation of airport traffic. As we look for more cost effective, environmentally friendly ways to transport goods over long distances, blimps have emerged as viable options — with the US government recently setting aside funding for research and development.

Powered almost predominantly by helium, blimps boast a carrying capacity that is at least twice the size of Boeing 747 with the possibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 90% in a flight. In addition, airports might be unnecessary for docking as lift devices were available for unloading people and cargo; in turn, this could maximize the number of locations serviced during crisis events.

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