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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

nematoad Silver badge

Re: 1957: Russia is planning to launch an artificial satellite

"They used hydrogen, which burns and explodes quite well because helium wasn't available."

Not quite. Helium was available in the thirties but the US was the main supplier. The Hindenburg was using hydrogen when it caught fire in 1937 because the Americans had refused to supply Nazi Germany with the non-inflammable helium.

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