What looks like Ronaldo's nightmare is in fact the world's largest soccer ball airship, built by E-Green Technologies of Kellyton, Alabama. Why, you ask? It seems everyone's crazy about airships these days, for everything from military surveillance to tourism. E-Green just signed a deal with NASA's Ames Research Center to hangar their giant Bullet Class 580 airship at the center's research park in Moffett Field, California.
Look for a feature story on next-generation zeppelins in the February/March 2011 issue of Air & Space.