The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has directed the Pentagon to start a demonstration program for a heavy-lift hybrid airship. Language added to the fiscal 2015 defense budget bill calls for both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Transportation Command to lead the effort, and to begin by soliciting “competitive bids for proof-of-concept demonstrations” for a global-range cargo craft. A similar effort, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Walrus ...

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