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Sunday, December 11, 2016

“Senile contest of ideas”: the Council proposed to spend billions to build airships


The security Council of the Russian Federation suggested the government to consider the idea of academician Alexander Nekipelov on creating a fleet of airships to create a transport corridor in Siberia and the far East. The project is part of a broader plan — the formation of transport-logistics corridors that will link countries of the European Union and the Asia-Pacific region.

Filled with hydrogen-the Hindenburg airship crashed in 1937-m to year

Only the project Director, Moscow school of Economics of Moscow state University Alexander Alexander Nekipelov “United Eurasia”, according to “Kommersant” requires 220-240V of billions of dollars. With its help it is planned to develop logistics and tourism, and create 7 million jobs, thereby retaining the population in Siberia, the Arctic and the far East.

In addition to airships, the project includes plans for the development of waterways, prefabricated runways, etc., however, while the concept is elaborated only the development of messages using airships.

Read about other idea of academician Alexander Nekipelov.

It is assumed that this can be used by airships ATLANTA, which will connect the TRANS-Siberian railway and the Northern sea route. Their lifting capacity to 16 tons and has a range of 2-5 thousand kilometers, and the cost of the program in this part shall 3.2 billion rubles.

Of them are already subsidized 800 million, and the project has received grant support from SKOLKOVO.

According to the authors of the project, a blimp will be able to replace 5 Mi-8 helicopters for a year to save $ 8 million due to the price of fuel. The airship will lose speed, but gain in capacity.


A frame from a TV film in 2011, the year the Hindenburg

The letter of the security Council addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, indicates that the project is already supported by the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Russian Academy of Sciences, assistant of the President Igor Levitin and other agencies. The academician Nekipelov hopes that it will go to “excess foreign exchange reserves.

Industry experts, however, say that in the world there has never been a message airships are unable to reach a commercial return on investment, and the economist Vyacheslav Inozemtsev and even called the idea “ludicrous ideas competition for the prize of the President of Russia.”

Recall that the era of airships in the world ended in the late 30-ies after the explosion of the airship “Hindenburg”. These slow aircraft was replaced by modern aircraft.

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