Blimp Diplomats: Experiments in Pirate Air Traffic Control

From Our Networks 2047

Since the surge of re-interest in the blimp or dirigible as a sustainable mode of international air travel in the late 2030s, and in particular in the wake of the tragic Crash of the Evangelion, Open Zeppelin has been negotiating safe routes for aspiring pilots.

Using guerilla weather reports and in collaboration with the Open Space Initiative, Open Zeppelin compiles peer-to-peer weather predictions and provides them free to access over web, radio, and satellite channels. The negotiations over airspace politics have proven more complex. In the era post-Gutenberg Parenthesis, the rapidly structures of authority, disputed borders, and plural and overlapping institutions for governance have required a flexible approach to air traffic control. Open Zeppelin has developed a Flight-consensus routing protocol where proposed flight routes are propagated among all organizations claiming airspace, then finds safest-possible paths without needing complete data from every air travel jurisdiction. Though much of this project has been automated, it is still underscored by human communication, as seen in the inspiring rescue of the Greenland Enterprise.