In development since 1996, the Aeroscraft made its first tethered flight in September 2013. Photo by: Aeroscraft

Dragon Dream Airship

by Noelle Knell / October 9, 2013

In development for 17 years, the carbon- and aluminum-framed airship Dragon Dream had its first tethered flight last month in Tustin, Calif. at a former military base. According to the Los Angeles Times, the project enjoys $50 million in support from NASA and the Pentagon. First cleared for a test flight by the FAA on Sept. 5, shifting winds kept the aircraft, lifted by helium-filled "bladders", from conducting an untethered test. The lighter-than-air aircraft combines airplane and airship technologies, and is expected to carry loads of oversized cargo by 2020.