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Titanic of the Future: The Next Big Thing in Air Travel

Updated on October 11, 2011

The Next Big Thing

It's a blimp! It's a plane! No, it's the Aeroscraft!

The size of three football fields, doesn't the thought of it get you excited? Imagine stepping onto a spacious, hovering cruise ship on your next long-distance trip. You swim in a pool, read in the library, or relax in your room until arriving at your destination hours or days later.

As someone who gets incredibly motion sick on planes, that doesn't sound too bad to me.

A graphic depiction of what the Aeroscraft will probably look like.  (Photo: Aeroscraft.com)
A graphic depiction of what the Aeroscraft will probably look like. (Photo: Aeroscraft.com)

What is it?

The Aeroscraft is kind of like a giant hovercraft. Or an airplane that takes off like a helicopter. But it seems to make most sense to think of it as a big, floating cruise ship. With all the same luxuries, it will serve a similar purpose as cruise ships but without being limited to ports or water.

But it won't just transport people; it can also transport an incredibly large amount of cargo. Should the Aeroscraft prove cost-effective, goods and supplies (both military and civilian) will be moved en masse in a way we've never before seen.

Ups and Downs (So to Speak)

  • The Aeroscraft needs no airport and no runway. This allows it to land on snow, ice, rocks, and -- yes -- water.
  • Since it flies at only 8,000 feet above the ground (traditional airplanes climb to about 30,000 feet), it will afford incredible views of the world below.
  • It can transport an incredible amount of cargo, and faster than most cargo boats can do so.
  • The Aeroscraft would be pretty much the most luxurious form of travel.

The only question about its existence is: Does it make sense? Is it too expensive to allow anyone other than the ten richest people on the world to use it? Can companies or the military really use it to transport massive amounts of merchandise or supplies in a cost-effective manner?

The Aeroscraft dwarfs today's airplanes.  (Photo by John MacNeill)
The Aeroscraft dwarfs today's airplanes. (Photo by John MacNeill)

What Will Happen?

Only time will tell if this idea can fully play out. Of course, they've figured out the mechanics (I won't pretend like I understand them, so check out the links for further explanation of the technicalities), but they're still not positive about the costs of creation and operation.

According to Wikipedia's original estimation, 2010 was the year we would first see something like this full-sized. Who knows how long it will take before you and I can actually ride in one of these things?

But it's pretty exciting, and it reminds us of the rest of the great advances being made in travel technology every year.

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      airman 

      6 years ago

      I hopethis craft become actually***

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      abbi 

      7 years ago

      Titanic is still the big thing 2 this day. but that next big thing won't titanic ocks im going 2 find out why

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      eduard kaupa 

      8 years ago

      Great,.....don't spend money for useless wars and gigantic military-machines, build this thing,.....and vactrains too !!!

      The time of government with their gigantic and expensive military-machines and just country, country, country are over,.....leads nowhere,.....just to a nowhere land with nowhere men !!!

      The world is global,.....so think global !!!

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      Sheila 

      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      I followed KCC here -- glad I did- great hub.

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      Trsmd 

      9 years ago from India

      I hope that the cost of travelling will also be bulky?

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      helenathegreat 

      9 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks for the bump, KCC Big Country! I can't wait to hear more about the future of this technology.

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      KRC 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      I see the last comment on this hub was a year ago! Yikes! What an interesting vessel. Hopefully, this comment will expose this hub to a new wave of Hubbers! Thanks for sharing the info, it's fascinating!

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      berrtus 

      10 years ago from Beaverton, Oregon

      I hope it can be used to reduce shipping costs. I'd like to know more details. They should try solar power it has tremendous surface area.

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      Whitney 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      That thing is so goofy looking. HA

    • helenathegreat profile imageAUTHOR

      helenathegreat 

      10 years ago from Manhattan

      Hah, well who knows, funnebone? I think that the passenger maximum is something like 120 people, though. If that's the case, then while your seat may be uncomfortable, you will have the run of the whole ship to stretch your legs!

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      funnebone 

      10 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      Why do I feel that even with its size, I will still sit in seats that make me feel like the Chinese contortionist dude in oceans 11?

    • helenathegreat profile imageAUTHOR

      helenathegreat 

      10 years ago from Manhattan

      Thanks, G-Ma! We'll see how it all pans out. Who knows? Maybe it will be a new way of moving merchandise akin to large boats but in a cheaper and more fuel-efficient way. Or maybe it will be a good way of extending mass humanitarian aid to areas where it is hard to land a regular airplane. Or maybe not. Only time and many test models will tell! Either way, it's crazy to think of the things we can create at this point in our technological advances!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Scares me to death....Honestly how can moving things like that be so important?  I guess i am just too old to appreciate  anything that big in our already crowded skies..over polluted oceans and air....But life goes on and progress will to  I guess....Very interesting hub tho my dear.  G-Ma :o)Hugs

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      helenathegreat 

      10 years ago from Manhattan

      Thank you so much for your nice words, AuraGem!

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      AuraGem 

      10 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Amazing craft! It appears in the pic like some fancy bullet that should be a sculpture in some avant garde gallery!

      Great hub!

      Smiles and Light

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      helenathegreat 

      10 years ago from Manhattan

      Lissie -- Exactly! Those of us who get motion sickness will probably feel great on the Aeroscraft.

      funride -- Thanks for the comment, and I agree! I think a big part of its feasibility will be its fuel costs, so hopefully if it uses too much fuel they'll figure out a way to remedy that.

      Misha -- Hopefully they'll learn from past mistakes, and there are no icebergs to hit in the sky, but I agree that I'm not gonna be waiting in line for the first few rides on these things. Thanks for the comment!

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      Misha 

      10 years ago from DC Area

      Ummm, it kinda reminds me of Zeppelins - and of why they stopped using those... And you are calling it Titanic... I don't think I'm in, you know :)

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Great hub, very interesting!

      Lets hope that it comes true, and more important, that it will be nature friendly!

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 

      10 years ago from New Zealand

      LIke a cruise ship without waves -from someone who gets incredibly seasick this sounds like a wonderful idea!

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