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Lighterthanair aircraft advocates say such vessels may one day be a common sight, delivering fuel or construction material to remote Alaska villages or food to hungry people on another continent.

S. Pete Worden, director of NASAs Ames Research Center, said his agency is offering its expertise and technology to the fledgling industry, which has important applications for science and for delivering cargo to hardtoreach destinations. Airships appear to us to be an industry about to take off, if youll pardon the pun, he said.

Worden spoke Wednesday at the second Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop, which brought together airship builders and representatives of mining, petroleum and communication companies who operate off the grid in Alaska.

NASAs roots, Worden said, are in aeronautics and helping develop new industry. Working with Airship Ventures, whose 246foot heliumfilled Zeppelin is based at Moffett Field outside San Francisco, NASA has co michael kors 2012 handbags ncluded that hovering airships are a valued tool for climate studies, earth science and astrophysics research.

They also fit the bill for a major new NASA initiative developing michael kors 2012 handbags green aviation that puts fewer greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than cargo jets, Worden said.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell said the state is a readymade market for airship technology. Alaska has 200 villages off the road system that need lowercost cargo deliveries. Airships also could provide alternative transportation for in michael kors 2012 handbags dustries that want to cross environmentally sensitive wilderness.

Industry expert Ron Hochstetler, who helped organize the conference, said airship cargo delivery is not competitive with trucks on interstate highways or cargo ships. Airship cargos per ton cost fits between cargo airplanes and surface transportation.

The industry is at a tipping point, Hochstetler said. Airship cargo technology can deliver tens of tons, and customers have indicated that they are interested.

Were bringing that market closer and closer to the providers of the ships and the services, he said.

Francis Govers, special missions manager for Airship Adventures, said his company has planned a tentative route to fly its 246foot heliumfilled Zeppelin airship to Alaska in June and will decide by the end of the year if it lines up industry partners. Cruise ship companies and documentary makers are possibilities for joint ventures, he said. michael kors 2012 handbags