Few doubt the merits airships could have in cargo transport, but as the latest developments around Aeros Corp.'s ML866 show, even what looks like a technologically compelling idea has high hurdles to jump between technical maturity and market success. Aeros faces two primary issues: The collapse of a hangar roof badly damaged its “Dragon Dream” prototype, and the consequences of that mishap are still unclear. And then there is the problem that looms for every prospective ...

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