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Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2000 11:26:31 +0100
From: "Joseph Kehoe" <>
Subject: Re: CryoNet #14159 - #14167

>Look at countries with potential wealth and transport problems today to see
>to invest in the long term.
>Well, there may be too supersonic transports or suborbital one, but neither
>have as much economical impact as the big ecranoplanes.
>Yvan Bozzonetti.

Why not Airships.  Safety concerns are no longer an issue.  They are safer than 
planes- happen to be one of the most efficient forms of transport available. 
Ecologically very friendly. Can move vast amounts of material/people. Can land 
anywhere(VTOL)! They should also be much cheaper to produce.

They will be slower but if they can set you down directly in a city centre they 
can still be quicker than flying to an airport outside the city and transferring
by train/car - and offer better levels of comfort - like a flying cruise liner!
Heavy material transport - floating crane
People transport
Holiday cruises

A ship can only hug the coast but an airship can take you anywhere - into jungle
in comfort - over the Rockies/Arctic - up the Nile and stop beside the Pyramids

There are two companies (that I know of) involved in producing airships at the 
moment but the seem to be fairly conservative in their designs.  I would say 
long term that Airships will be big!
Joseph Kehoe, MSc
Raven Internet Technologies Ltd.
ph: +353 503 52450

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