Will the Stratosphere Be 2020’s Hot Tourist Destination?

microbloonflightSource: airspacemag.com

By Tony Reichhardt

Flights could begin as early as 2016.

Companies on both sides of the Atlantic are making strides toward offering near-space balloon flights for tourists, starting as early as 2016.

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New Zeppelins: Giants of the Skies Return

AirlanderSource: The Wall Street Journal – online.wsj.com

Blimps are back, with the ability to carry massive payloads cost-efficiently. But can the industry really rebuild itself?

By: Robert Wall

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Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson Talks about World’s Largest Aircraft: Airlander

brucedickinsonSource: blabbermouth.net

Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of the British heavy metal band IRON MAIDEN and founder of Cardiff Aviation Ltd., spoke to Bloomberg Television on the second day of the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, U.K. on Tuesday, July 15. You can watch the chat below.

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New Blimp to be Christened ‘Wingfoot’ One

AR-Wingfoot 1 over AirdockSource: TireBusiness.com

Goodyear’s newest airship will be christened “Wingfoot One,” the name selected by popular vote from among 10 names picked earlier by a panel of Goodyear judges.

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Balloon Space Flight Company Completes Small-Scale Test Flight

Picture1Source: Reuters

By Karen Brooks

An Arizona start-up company says it has successfully completed its first small-scale test flight of a stratospheric balloon and capsule being developed to show tourists a space-like view of the Earth from 19 miles (30 km) above ground.

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