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We are all familiar with the Goodyear Blimp and the Superbowl and the occasional hot-air balloon.  When we think of “blimp” we think of something rather like a large balloon–big, bulky, ungainly, and maybe just a little bit bumbly-looking, compared to a Stealth bomber or a fighter jet. Something harmless.

Then we think of an airship–we think of some silly-looking cul-de-sac of technological development that ended without fanfare, and the world was better off for the quiet exit in the face of an embarrassing failure. And yes, we tend to scoff at science’s failures, not really thinking through to how very much of our successes rest on those failures.