Street View Guy Walks 500 km To Document The Beauty Of Thailand’s Impossible To Reach Areas

How far could you walk with an 18kg pack through Thailand’s background? Thai triathlete Panupong Luangsa-ard walked 500km over 2 years to capture those hard to reach places for Google’s Street View, carrying an 18kg 360 degree camera on his back all the while. Thanks to Luangsa-ard’s efforts, Google has mapped out 150 new places of interest, some of which you can see by following the Thailand Highlights link below.
“While collecting just the tea plantations and strawberry fields, he burned through four pairs of shoes,” a Google rep told Mashable. Google’s Trekker loan program lends out its special camera to intrepid explorers so that they can continue mapping those locations that a regular Google Street View vehicle cannot reach; Luangsa-ard covered a total of 500,000km using various means of transport during his tour.
More info: Thailand Highlights (h/t)

The World’s Largest Aircraft Is Almost Ready To Take Off

 If 300 feet doesn’t sound like a lot to you, remember that that’s about the size of the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, and some of the largest giant sequoias ever measured. Then imagine something that long — and a whole lot wider — flying through the air. And that’s the Airlander 10, the largest aircraft in the world, now almost ready to hit the skies.
After nearly a decade, several different overseers and $35.6 million in construction, the Airlander 10 is finally ready to go and aiming for a summer debut. When it does actually launch, it will be a staggering 1,340,000 cubic feet of helium lifting this behemoth off the ground — that’s five times the volume of the Goodyear blimp.
And unlike the Goodyear blimp and most other blimps, the Airlander 10 is a hybrid vehicle that utilizes fixed-wing and helicopter technologies along with its use of helium. While its success in both the air and the market remain to be seen, the Airlander 10 team is currently optimistic that this kind of aircraft will have various applications for transport, research, surveillance, and communications.
And maybe they’re right to be optimistic as the American aerospace giant Boeing is working on their own similar model. Perhaps the age of the airship is coming back.