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originally posted by: CovertAgenda
The Hybrid Airship enables affordable and safe delivery of heavy cargo and personnel to virtually anywhere – water or land – with little to no infrastructure
Read that as.... 'Able to deliver huge loads of military / mining / fracking / logging equipment and personnel deep into pristine wilderness areas minimizing the expenditure on roads and other infrastructure whilst maximizing extraction potentials'....
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: BrianFlanders
I've read that cruising speed is somewhere around 60 knots. And a range of 1400 miles.
that's 69mph roughly.
So it can travel 1400 miles or more in a 24 hour period theoretically. That's pretty good for a freight hauler.
Known as a "spider", one half the device is located on the outside of the airship while the other half is on the inside.
As they move together, the spider on the outside shines a light, which when it passes over a hole will be detected by the internal spider which will then apply a patch.
Straightline Aviation has announced a new agreement with a Canadian mining company to deploy the Lockheed Martin LMH-1 hybrid airship to northern Quebec, shuttling 21 [tons] of rare earth ore concentrate more than 200 nm [nautical miles?] from a remote lakeside mine to a railway stop...
Several years ago, Lockheed executives had refused to launch development of a hybrid airship for the commercial market unless the customer pays the bill estimated at hundreds of millions to certificate the unique vessel. Such a policy works in Lockheed’s defence business, but commercial customers usually prefer the manufacturer to finance their own product development.
Meanwhile, Straightline and Lockheed need to prove to the finance community that a commercial market exists for such an aircraft. The company has now signed agreements with an Alaskan logistics firm [wrong], a humanitarian relief organization and lastly the Canadian mining company.
As soon as that comes together, Lockheed believes flight test and certification could move rapidly. If a firm order is placed late this year or in early 2017, entry-into-service for the LMH-1 would occur in 2019.