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Blimps Morph Into Cargo Haulers as Maker Sees Revolution

Inside a decommissioned military hangar in Tustin, California, about 30 miles south of Los Angeles, sits what at first glance looks like the world’s biggest Mylar balloon.

Closer inspection reveals a skeleton of carbon tubes clothed in a silver skin -- an unwitting visitor might wonder if he’d wandered onto the set of a sci-fi film. Instead, this shiny monster, dubbed the Aeroscraft, is Igor Pasternak’s shot at proving to the world that helium-filled airships, long ago eclipsed by planes, have a bright future in commercial cargo.