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Navy Deploys MZ-3A Airship to Gulf for Oil Cleanup Effort
Posted By Yuka Yoneda On July 7, 2010 @ 10:15 am In Green Transportation,Water Issues | 2 Comments
We’ve been hearing more and more about airships  being a greener transportation alternative to regular planes, and now we have a chance to see one in action. The US Navy has deployed their colossal MZ-3A airship  to assist in cleaning up the massive BP oil spill  that we’ve been reporting on and it was expected to have arrived in the Gulf yesterday . The blimp will support and coordinate oil skimming efforts and be on the lookout for animals in need of help along the coastline.
So why choose a blimp  to help in the cleanup? Well, the MZ-3A’s low operating speed  means that it can stay aloft for 12 continuous hours. It can survey large patches of land (and ocean), and the low speed at which it travels allows crews to more easily coordinate skimming, burning, and dispersing efforts below. The airship is also more economical and more efficient than helicopters or planes when used over long periods of time.
Working aboard the ship, relief crews will observe and report on any injured animals they observe and communicate that information to Incident Commands so that they can dispatch teams to the affected areas. While we do wish that the airship being used in the efforts was a hybrid  or solar-powered  like the ones we’ve reported on, we applaud the Navy for at least passing over jets or helicopters and opting for a lower-emission vehicle.
Via PopSci 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/mz-3a-airship-deployed-to-gulf-oil-spill.jpg
 airships: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/01/high-flying-airships-show-promise-as-the-future-of-air-freight/
 MZ-3A airship: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Blimp_MZ-3
 BP oil spill: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/05/oil-spill-still-devastating-the-gulf-still-no-stopping-the-leak/
 expected to have arrived in the Gulf yesterday: http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-07/navys-mz-3a-airship-arriving-gulf-help-coordinate-cleanup
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/mz-3a-airship-deployed-to-gulf-oil-spill-2.jpg
 blimp: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/22/new-hybrid-army-aircraft-will-fly-surveillance-missions-over-afghanistan/
 solar-powered: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/24/worlds-first-solar-powered-blimp-set-to-cross-the-english-channel/
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