The designers of the Aeroscraft say it has the potential to one day carry more cargo than any other aircraft built before.
The Department of Defense and NASA have invested $35 million into the light-than-air airship because it has the potential to deliver cargo to forward military bases and disaster zones.
The blimp-like aircraft has a rigid structure made out of ultra-light carbon fiber and aluminum underneath its high-tech Mylar skin. Inside, balloons hold helium that give the vehicle lift.
Flight control engineer Munir Jojo-Verge says the biggest challenge is making sure the airship is able to withstand high winds and weather. It still must go through several more rounds of testing.