ISO Polar was founded in March 2005 as a not-for-profit airship research institute to undertake economic and engineering studies, coordinate demonstrations, facilitate certification tests and other activities that are in the public interest. A consortium approach is employed that gives all the parties the opportunity to become involved in a meaningful way, while excluding no one, including direct competitors. The membership of ISO Polar is broad and intended to encompass businesses with specific interests, as well as individuals with more general interest in the development of an airship industry worldwide.
Membership in the ISO Polar Airship Association is open to all individuals, organizations, and corporations having an interest in advancing the development or application, of airships and airship technology in commercial transportation. Membership is free to University Students who apply.
•Support projects and programs for airship development, including testing of new technologies, cold weather testing, research and development initiatives and demonstrations of current technology;
•Develop strategic plans aimed at strengthening the scientific and technological advancement of the use of airships and facilitating membership implementation of those plans;
•Create a cluster of companies that will make Canada a focal point for applied airship technology & innovation, cold weather airship testing, and pilot certification. Such a cluster will minimize supply lines, strengthen interrelated sectors such as airship manufacture, maintenance, freighting, aerodromes and inter-modal connection facilities;
•Increase access to remote northern communities and developments without rail or all weather road in order to improve the standard of living for northern residents through reductions in infrastructure costs and logistical expenses;
•Reduce the direct environmental impact of transportation, including air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution, wildlife endangerment and habitat destruction.
•Facilitate dialogue for sector stakeholders to identify and meet their common needs for engineering, technology development, testing, education, training, navigation and professional development;
•Undertake economic feasibility analyses of airship innovations and assist in the building of business cases to help members develop market opportunities;
•Support the linkage of other transportation sectors (rail and trucking) with similar scientific, technological or related needs and develop joint approaches (seamless inter-modal terminals) towards airships meeting those needs;
•Encourage and support the establishment of uniform airship regulations, pilot certification and navigational procedures within Canada;
•Serve as a linkage and a conduit between the airship community and universities or other research institutions;
•Advocate for the formation of Canadian "Centres of Excellence" in airship research, sciences, education and training;
•Organize trade shows and demonstrations that feature and promote recent developments and applications in airship technology that can benefit commerce in Canada.
Please visit our membership page to become a member of ISOPolar.