In August 2011, the NASA Ames Research Center in collaboration with the Alaska Department of Transportation hosted a workshop on “Cargo Airships for Northern Operations.” The workshop brought together public and private organizations to assess the state of transport airship technologies, the requirements of cargo airship customers, and the regulatory changes needed to facilitate cargo airship operations in the North. As a result of the interest generated at the first Cargo Airship Workshop, the Institute of the North has been asked by the NASA Ames Research Center and the Alaska Department of Transportation to host a follow on workshop for applications of cargo airships for northern communities and commercial development.
The Institute of the North is pleased to announce that the workshop will take place in Anchorage, Alaska from July 31 through August 2 of 2012. The theme of the workshop will be “At the Crossroads of Practice and Policy: Commercial Application for Northern Airships”.
The workshop will be organized around four principal topics:
1. Addressing state regulatory and policy issues
2. Introduction of cargo airship developers and vehicles
3. Understanding the environment of northern operations
4. Funding for airship development and deployment
The first two days will build on the discussions and efforts that were launched at last year’s cargo airship workshop. We will address how best to bridge the remaining challenges and opportunities associated with bringing this yet to be exploited air transportation system to full deployment in northern operations. The optional final day will offer the opportunity to take part in a variety of local site visits—more information and pricing will be available soon.
Alaska was once known as the Air Crossroads of the World. The increasingly dynamic Arctic population and economy present increasing demands for airborne transport that can meet the north’s unique needs. Join us in Anchorage this summer to explore how the airship “crossroads” offers new capabilities for today’s challenges. Your participation will help to determine how modern airships will rise to meet these opportunities.
To register, please go to the Institute of the North site.