Google co-founder Sergey Brin plans to use the airship for humanitarian missions and as a luxury yacht.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

May 26, 2017

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Google's Brin Is Building the World's Biggest Airship and We Want to Ride

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building $100 million-$150 million airship that he plans to use on humanitarian missions and as a luxury yacht, according to reports.

The airship is under construction in Silicon Valley, and will be the largest aircraft in the world, according to a report in The Guardian. However, the airship will be smaller than the famous Hindenburg (here are some photos of the Hindenburg's luxury interior) or the US Navy's USS Macon, once based in the same hangars where Brin's aircraft is taking shape.

Figure 1: The airship Enterprise from the game Final Fantasy IV. Via Wikia. The airship Enterprise from the game Final Fantasy IV. Via Wikia.

The Guardian attributes the information to anonymous sources. Says the Guardian:

Brin wants the gargantuan airship, funded personally by the billionaire, to be able to deliver supplies and food on humanitarian missions to remote locations. However, it will also serve as a luxurious intercontinental "air yacht" for Brin's friends and family. One source put the project's price tag at $100m to $150m.

Enterprise Cloud News reached out to Google, which declined to comment.

Separately, Google has been working on Project Loon, high-altitude balloons to provide low-cost wireless Internet for developing areas, and recently won clearance to continue tests in Nevada through 2020. (See Oh, the Huge Manatee! Google's US Loon Tests Renewed Into 2020.)


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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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