New Airship Headed for NASA Ames

E-Green Technologies Bullet 580 Airship (Credit: E-Green Technologies)

For anyone in Silicon Valley who has ever looked into the sky in wonder, annoyance or vague fear as the Zeppelin NT puttered noisily overhead, you’re in luck (or out of it): another airship  is coming to NASA Ames early next year.

> NASA has entered into a lease with E-Green Technologies, Inc. (EGT) Kellyton, Ala., to bring the world’s largest airship to NASA Research Park at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. > > Under the terms of the three-year lease that begins Jan. 1, 2011, NASA will lease approximately 24,000 square feet of hangar space in historic Hangar 2 for EGT/21st Century Airships to develop and test its Bullet™ Class 580, the world’s largest operating airship. The massive 235-foot long/65-foot diameter lighter-than-air vehicle is designed to fly on algae-based bio-fuel at speeds up to 74 mph, at altitudes up to 20,000 feet. The Bullet™ Class 580 is scheduled to arrive in early 2011, after successfully completing its third and final inflation and other engineering tests.

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