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

Mitch Wagner
5/26/2017

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.

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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Michelle
Michelle
6/9/2017 | 1:42:50 PM
Re: not the only big airship..
I thought I didn't mention armor, but I guess I did...that's not exactly what I meant. :) I was thinking more about the air ship's ability to defend itself should it come under attack - by pirates

 

 

 

at 30,000 feet.
JohnMason
JohnMason
6/6/2017 | 4:38:12 PM
Re: Humanitarian
If we could turn the satellite into a luxury yacht, then that would probably work for the buyer. Can't criticize anyone for wanting to share their luxury yachts for humanitarian purposes. I was going to say, even the luxury QEII was used for non-commercial and non-luxury purposes during the Falkland crisis, but that was a military reason rather than humanitarian.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
6/6/2017 | 2:24:30 PM
Re: Humanitarian
Why not just use satellite connectivity? Wouldn't that be easier?
mhhfive
mhhfive
6/1/2017 | 9:19:48 AM
Re: not the only big airship..
I'm not sure how much armor is going to help a huge balloon. And I guess we will see how much piracy there is in the air at 30,000 ft or so.
Michelle
Michelle
5/31/2017 | 11:46:52 PM
Re: not the only big airship..
You make a great point about the plane's performance in hostile environments. This thing should be amored against attack and have a defense system.
Michelle
Michelle
5/31/2017 | 11:00:31 PM
Re: Humanitarian
From a marketing & PR angle, it doesn't make a lot of sense. I wonder if the scope of the project will change after everyone else brings up the obvious disconnect. 
maryam@impact
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5/31/2017 | 10:37:20 PM
Re: Humanitarian
Michelle agreed we don't need a luxurious interior to transport supplies, food and medicine, the concept is kind of disconnected.
JohnMason
JohnMason
5/31/2017 | 4:39:25 PM
Re: Humanitarian
I said it too awkwardly. I meant, because the airship is meant to be a luxury yacht, do any of the other considerations need to be justified? Looks like they are trying anyway, maybe to make it seem more palatable, but, what the hey, it's Brin's money.
Michelle
Michelle
5/31/2017 | 2:22:14 PM
Re: Humanitarian
I think they'll draw a lot of criticism for the "luxury" part. Why bother if the main goal is to deliver humanitarian aid? Save some dollars on the interior and put it towards those efforts...
maryam@impact
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5/31/2017 | 12:25:01 PM
Re: Humanitarian
Hopefully not we don't need humanitarian marketing we need action especially with the current famine in Africa.

 
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