A small German startup is making headway in its quest to prove that the booming global logistics business can jump-start the market for dirigibles the way passenger transport, tourism and advertising never could. The firm, CargoLifter AG, is readying a giant hangar at Brand, southeast of Berlin, for the construction of 260-meter-long (853-ft.) semirigid airships designed to ferry industrial machinery and other outsize loads that are too big to be carried by other means. To be ...


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