The Dirigible: A Catalyst for Resource Exploitation in Remote Areas?
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Many developing nations have considerable wealth in natural resources, but are unable to exploit it. Located in remote areas, the countries simply cannot afford to invest the enormous amounts required to build roads, railroads, or airfields to access the regions. The dirigible--modern day blimp--offers a potentially inexpensive, flexible, and capable method of of transporting minerals, timber, or crops in areas without traditional transportation support. Even more important, they can stimulate agricultural or industrial development a significant distance from principal roads thereby unlocking the wealth of the land for a nation. The airship can be the catalyst for colonization at the same time it strengthens the economy. This study provides a costbenefit model to evaluate the relative benefits of different transportation systems in the exploitation of resources. Author
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