Officials Look to Dirigibles as Possible Transportation Solution

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Officials from the State and NASA are leading a workshop in Anchorage to talk about the potential for airship transportation in Alaska. The futuristic looking dirigibles are being hailed as a potential solution to the state’s transportation challenges. These days, they work with helium instead of hydrogen to make them safer. Pete Worden is director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. He says the new airships use 19th century technology that’s been updated to make it safe, reliable and cheap. He says there are different kinds.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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