Environment and Sustainable Development
The RACE will promote lighter-than-air (LTA) aviation technology. This is the greenest form of aviation. It was proven in the 1920-1930s that LTA uses less fuel and produces less pollution than commercial airplanes and jets. With modernized LTA technology, fuel savings and pollution reduction can reach 90%. (Yes, 90%.) As a sustainable future path, LTA commerce will also reduce the infrastructure needs for roads, harbors, railroads and runways. For both developed and developing countries around the world, infrastructure has three costs: 1) Capital investment in construction. 2) Ongoing maintenance and repair costs. 3) Destruction of the environment to construct the infrastructure, e.g. cutting down rainforests, diverting rivers, dredging harbors, destroying tundra ... As a sustainable alternative future, LTA commerce will reduce the need for incurring all of three of these costs. As a competition and incubator for invention, the RACE will encourage this important alternative and sustainable technology evolution. For commercial shipping, this means opening new markets and business development for nimble companies that adapt to faster, cheaper and reliable technology. Consider Alaska and Canada, combined they have $1.2 Trillion in shut-in minerals. LTA commercial shipping will open their markets to global trade. Siberia, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, South Africa, Australia and others each have similar issues and opportunities.