Our aircraft is one of the safest in the sky. There are lots of reasons for this. But the single most important one is that it flies at low altitudes and low airspeeds. Going low and slow is not only beautiful, it's also safer. In addition, our design gives the pilot more control than any other type of lighter-than-air aircraft.Link (via Futurismic)
The notion that blimps explode comes from the famous Hindenburg accident of 1937, that aircraft was filled with highly flammable Hydrogen gas. Nobody really knows how the Hindenburg fire started. But once it did, the Hydrogen ignited and the famous fireball resulted. Amazingly, even with the intense fire, 2/3rds of the people onboard survived. In any case, neither we nor anybody else today has an airship filled with Hydrogen.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.