This is actually a practical operating concept. It is still a blimp providing lift but not enough to keep you aloft when not under power. This means that you can design it much cheaper and focus on blimp reliability. Scaling is also easy enough and the blimp can also be shaped to provide lift while in forward motion.
As usual they shot for 2000 pounds. Jumping to 20,000 pounds will be simple enough and getting up to 100.000 pounds for container movement can explore a better airfoil shape. What matters is that the negative unpowered buoyancy allows landing in a ordinary field anywhere. Light anchor lines can then easily be deployed as well from a cord spine on the top of the envelope. This can secure against even strong wind gusts while unloading takes place.
Of course a powered descent will be necessary to pick up a serious load but we seem to have just that here.
While You Weren't Looking, Engineers Combined a Plane and a Blimp to Make a Plimp Airship
For $4 million plus overages (paid out over four years), investors can buy their own Model J — a 169-foot-long (51 meters) aircraft that can carry up to 10 people (eight passengers and two pilots), or about 2,000 lbs. (907 kilograms) through the air, thanks to its helium-filled blimp-like body, gas-electric hybrid engines and rotational wings with propellers.
But don't call it a plimp outright. That word is trademarked and meant to be used as an adjective, said James Egan, a Seattle-based attorney who is the CEO of Egan Airships, maker of the plimp-hybrid aircraft.