Symposium to explore use of airships for cargo transport

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WINNIPEG, Man. — A conference in Winnipeg slated for Oct. 22-24 will examine the feasibility of moving cargo from northern mines via airship.

Barry Prentice of the University of Manitoba says it’s a reasonable solution to the difficulty in moving minerals from isolated mine sites.

“Seventy per cent of this country doesn’t have roads, just look on the map,” says Prentice. “We have a wealth of mineral resources that could be developed but access roads are too expensive to build.”

The Airships to the Arctic Symposium will involve discussions on how to open up Canada’s north through the use of Zeppelins. They are helium-filled craft powered by diesel engines or solar panels and can cost up to $50-million each.

For more information on the conference call the Transport Institute at 204-474-9842.

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