An Icelandic company, in partnership with American airship manufacturers, hope to make blimps for transporting both cargo and people around the Arctic.
RÚV reports that Icelandair Cargo, in conjunction with the American company Aero, intend to produce two types of airships. The smaller version can carry up to 66 tonnes and travel a distance of about 5,000 kilometres. The larger version can carry up to 250 tonnes, and fly some 9,500 kilometres.
The creators believe the airships could be used to transport cargo and people around the Arctic region, touching on Alaska, Greenland, Siberia, and northern Canada.
The first airship should take to the skies some time in 2016, with a fleet of 24 airships completed by 2020.