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3rd Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop
July 24, 2013

On July 10-12, 2013, NASA Ames Research Center and the State of Alaska, along with the University of Alaska, the Canadian airship association ISO Polar, and the Airship Association co-sponsored the third in a series of Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshops at the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus. The previous two workshops (2011 and 2012) were also co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the State of Alaska. The 2013 workshop focused on specific actions needed to create strong business incentives for cargo airship companies to develop and deploy airships that meet the needs of airship service customers in Alaska and other Northern areas. The Keynote speaker was Alaska Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell, who observed that the challenge of Alaska is affordable access for its scattered population and remote resources. He emphasized Alaska's suitability for validating cargo airship technology because Alaska is a ready-made market for airships. Ames speakers at the workshop included Mr. Bimal Aponso (Chief, Aerospace Simulation Research and Development Branch [SimLabs]) and Dr. John Melton (Systems Analysis Branch) who presented on “Modeling and Simulation Tools for Airship Designs and Operations.” Their presentation highlighted the computer modeling capabilities of NASA Ames for airship designs and operations. Speakers from the Native American Corporations and rural energy development industry described their transportation challenges and how they would utilize cargo airships in support of their businesses. Leading cargo airship developers provided updates on their commercial airship designs and operational details for ships they're currently developing. Representatives from the non-governmental investment organizations detailed the extent to which they would be able to provide financing for cargo airship purchases by operators, and also for construction of airship infrastructures, such as maintenance hangars. The 2013 Workshop initiated follow-up discussions to identify concrete actions by local organizations that would create incentives for investors to fund airship development and infrastructure creation in Alaska. (POC – Bimal Aponso)

This photo shows the NASA booth display. This photo shows Lieutenant Governor Treadwell speaking at a podium. Photo of Ron Hochstettler and Mary Livingston. Photo of State Senator Lesil McGuire speaking at a podium.
NASA booth Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell Conference organizers Ron Hochstettler (SAIC) and Mary Livingston (NASA) State Senator Hon. Lesil McGuire



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