Wednesday, January 13, 2010

around the world in... a skyship?

What an interesting development to wake up to on this fine winter morning--the first ever World Sky Race, where airships worthy of an Abney Park song will take to the skies and race against each other for almost half a year around the globe.

 

From their website:
WORLD SKY RACE PROGRAM

The World Sky Race is an historic tour and competition of lighter-than-air skyships racing 30,000+ miles. In sixteen back to back races that completely span the globe, the overall winner will be crowned World Sky Champion.

The World is our Canvas. The Sky is our Challenge.
The competing skyships will travel from the Greenwich Prime Meridian southward to Africa and the Middle East, across the Indian Ocean to Equatorial Asia and through the Orient, island hop across the Pacific to the western shores of North America, down to Central America, up to the North Atlantic and crossing back to Prime Meridian for an exciting finish in an historic race, completing a full global circumnavigation.

Historical Significance:
  • First organized international race of lighter-than-air skyships
  • First full global circumnavigation by a lighter-than-air skyship; will establish the international aviation record
  • First unassisted trans-Atlantic skyship crossing since 1937
  • Largest cultural, sports & entertainment event ever seen by the greatest number of live spectators in all of history
  • Target Title Purse Prizes - $10,000,000
Prestigious Sponsoring Partners and Program Supporters:
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • Ministries of Tourism, Culture, Antiquities, Education and Civil Aviation around the World
Global Media Exposure - BILLIONS of Favorable Viewings
  • National Geographic, CNN, BBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, RTL, RTE, CCTV, NHK, Univision, TF1, RAI, Doordarshan, Al Jazeera, Euronews, Eurosports, Star...
  • Every Major Newspaper in the world - First page, first section, international, regional, and local news, Entertainment, Business, Sports
  • Magazines - Feature Coverage and Photos
  • Radio - Interviews and Feature Coverage
  • Extensive Global Internet features - YouTube, Podcasts, Blogs
The Monumental Icons of the world, ancient & modern, will be the connecting beacons by which the race is measured.
  • Starting on the Greenwich Prime Meridian in front of the Atomic Clock where all time on Earth is synchronized
  • Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and London Bridge
  • Roman Coliseum
  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Taj Mahal
  • Petronas Towers
  • Mount Fujiyama
  • Kilauea Volcano and Diamond Head
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Teotihuacan Pyramids of the Sun
  • NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Statute of Liberty
The entire concept has an Around the World in 80 Days feel to it, don't you think?  The race starts this fall, and it is expected to continue for the next 140-150+ days.

I'm going to go listen to "Airship Pirate" now.  On repeat.

1 comment:

  1. Hi folks,
    You can see more pictures of Skyships at www.hybridairship.net.
    Regards
    JB

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