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Published on July 23rd, 2010 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Are the 1930's Back? Another Fascinating Eco Air Cruiser

For whatever reason, eco-designers seem to have this obsession with environmentally-sound air ships. Are the 1930’s back in vogue? Are there still people out there banking on a comeback for the zeppelin? Apparently so, because I have come across yet another eco-conscious air ship that looks good on paper, and likely won’t ever be more than a twinkle in the designer’s eye.

Called the Eunoia, this helium-lifted airship would be powered by thousands of solar panels and made from reclaimed materials. Looks pretty sleek though, no?

The Eunoia is the brainchild of Thomas Tzortzi’s mind, ripped from the designs of classic zeppelins and updated for efficiency. The initial design seen here would be able to transport just eight people at a time (really, that’s it?). Eventually though, it could be scaled up to carry as many as… 60 people. I’m starting to imagine this more as a futuristic luxury cruise liner than a serious form of alternative transportation.

I still have to marvel at Tzortzi’s skill though. The Eunoia looks pretty good to me, and while I doubt it will ever “get off the ground”, there is no telling who this design may one day influence. For now, enjoy the pictures.

Source: Inhabitat | Images: Thomas Tzortzi

Chris DeMorro is a car enthusiast, blogger, and all-around crazy man who is as passionate about hybrids as he is about Hemis. You can follow his constant misadventures at Three Months In A Mustang.



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    Hey presto! Now you are out of the virtual world and have the real McCoy of modern blimping, the Skycat SP (Yes you guessed it that is Solar Power). Now if you can’t afford that right now but just want a Helium sniffing laugh try my LTA comedy web site http://www.airship.me which is all the way from Montenegro and fun for all the family.

    Regards Josephine Bloggerwitch (www.airshipblimp.com) Airship & Blimp Consultant.

  • http://www.airship.me Josephine

    Hi solar blimp fans,

    It is indeed time to go green and the way you do that with an airship is go get a Skycat next year.

    Next year will be very different as Northrop Grumman and HAV (www.hybridairvehicles.com) are going to build the real thing, thanks to 517 million greenbacks from the US Army! Now that is not peanuts, so the resulting 3 hybrid airships or HAV 304’s (A high flying version of the Skycat series) will be one big serious hybrid airship and they will also be building a cargo version. So if you want a solar powered monster hotel for round the world fun, why not buy a Skycat cargo version, slap a layer of thin film panels all over the top and fins and wire it all up to some Siemens electric motors, with a few batteries and 2 diesel generators for a cloudy day or night flying.

    Hey presto! Now you are out of the virtual world and have the real McCoy of modern blimping, the Skycat SP (Yes you guessed it that is Solar Power). Now if you can’t afford that right now but just want a Helium sniffing laugh try my LTA comedy web site http://www.airship.me which is all the way from Montenegro and fun for all the family.

    Regards Josephine Bloggerwitch (www.airshipblimp.com) Airship & Blimp Consultant.

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