Sunday, January 06, 2008

What will the future bring?

Here we are, just days into the New Year, and I, like many of us, am wondering what the future will bring. Politics? International relations? Economy? Housing market?

How about transportation?

For some dreamers the Aeroscraft ML866 is the future of air travel.

From their website:
The Aeroscraft is a buoyancy assisted air vehicle with a rigid structure and gas cells. The latest Aeros proprietary technologies – full authority direct organic lift control (FADOLC), dynamic buoyancy management system, innovative structure design and low speed control capability have resulted in the generation of a fourth type of air vehicle. The exceptional features of the Aeroscraft, such as vertical takeoff and landing, the capability to hover for extended periods of time, independence from airports, large size payload compartment, all weather operations and superb safety characteristics, demonstrate its unique place in the market.
No, I have now idea what all the mumbo-jumbo means, but it sounds great. And, it's not all pie-in-the-sky dreaming. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awareded Aeros a Flight Demonstration Program contract.

Perhaps another couple of years, and these behemoths will be plying the skies in military, commercial, and civilian use.

In the mean time, I can see into the near future. In 12 hours, I'll be back at work after 3 weeks out of the office.

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