Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin is shifting his focus from technology to aviation, with plans to build the world’s largest airship to assist with disaster relief worldwide.
The billionaire’s company LTA Research and Exploration is reportedly aiming to build a massive 656-foot-long craft powered by an ‘equally record-breaking’ hydrogen fuel cell.
Brin initially envisioned it as a luxurious ‘air yacht,’ but is now using the $150 million it will cost to construct a floating ship for humanitarian efforts that is intended as a zero emissions aircraft.
LTA is said to have constructed a working prototype dubbed ‘Pathfinder 1’ that could take to the skies over Silicon Valley as soon as this year, Tech Crunch reports.
According to a 2019 registration of Pathfinder 1 with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airship will be powered by 12 electric motors and the ability to transport 14 people inside.