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JIA? JAXPORT? JAX CHAMBER? LUFTSCHIFF HOCH!
« on: December 31, 2014, 03:00:03 AM »
JIA? JAXPORT? JAX CHAMBER? LUFTSCHIFF HOCH!



Long forgotten and lost in the dusty pages of history, the great airships of the past are quietly coming back to life and several will soon be in commercial service. What if The Jacksonville Aviation Authority and JAXPORT actively attracted some of these companies to relocate or establish terminals here? Could this be our chance to win back the cargo laden  skies over Florida?

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Re: JIA? JAXPORT? JAX CHAMBER? LUFTSCHIFF HOCH!
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2014, 07:37:12 AM »
Great Pitch.
Unleash some drones and we truly have the mother ship!

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Re: JIA? JAXPORT? JAX CHAMBER? LUFTSCHIFF HOCH!
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2014, 05:36:16 PM »
NASA is looking at high altitude airships.
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NASA has proposed a challenge that calls for airship designs that can fly higher and longer than existing airships. At the moment, no airship — blimp-like devices — can maintain an altitude of 65,000 feet (20 kilometers) for more than 8 hours. Weather balloons can soar to that height, but the balloons are difficult to control and vulnerable to winds.

Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in California think airships could aid them in research on astronomy and climate change and even be more capable than weather balloons. An airship could carry telescopes into the stratosphere to observe stars and other celestial bodies. Right now for example scientists are working on an airship that could survey the skies of Venus. Airships could also provide valuable insight into weather patterns.

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The proposed challenge would include two tiers. The first tier would call for designs for an airship that can lift 44 pounds (20 kilograms) and hover at 65,000 ft. for at least 20 hours. The second tier designs would need to be a little more complex. Those airships would have to support 440 lbs (200 kg) at the same height but for at least 200 hours.

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While studies have shown that there is significant interest in using airships for scientific experiments, airships could also have important industry applications. Telecommunication companies could use them to deliver wireless access to remote areas. Military personnel could use them for surveillance operations and missile defense warning.

http://www.space.com/28132-nasa-airship-challenge.html?adbid=10152541409531466&adbpl=fb&adbpr=17610706465&cmpid=514630_20141231_38138437

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Re: JIA? JAXPORT? JAX CHAMBER? LUFTSCHIFF HOCH!
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2014, 11:05:45 PM »
Thanks Charles, I just hope that our own aviation and port experts are quick enough to offer Jacksonville to these companies on a silver platter. Airships at Cecil, Lee Field (Green Cove Springs), Jacksonville International Airport JAX, Switzerland, Imeson, Blount Island, Fernandina FHB, Kay Larkin (Palatka), Gateway Airport LCQ (Lake City)  or Northeast Florida Regional Airport UST (St. Augustine) gives us a wide assortment of excellent facilities, Boeing at Cecil, Northrup-Gruman in St. Augustine, and Embraer Aviation at JIA ought to give us a leg up. 3 major railroads, two interstate highways and a large player in the World Port scene, plus thousands of military trained aviation repair men and women with a little effort could only go one way; "Luftschiff Hoch!"

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Re: JIA? JAXPORT? JAX CHAMBER? LUFTSCHIFF HOCH!
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2015, 10:34:42 PM »
I for one, welcome our new lighter than air overlords.