Lockheed Martin has a contract for 12 of its hybrid airships designed to transport cargo loads to remote areas of the globe that are inaccessible by traditional modes of transportation. This deal is sealed between Lockheed Martin and a company out of the U.K., who are paying $480 million for the dozen hybrid airships with a delivery slated for sometime in 2018.
This odd-looking helium-filled airships will be able to carry up to 20 tons of cargo to all corners of the Earth, bringing supplies to places without roads. The airship has the ability to hoover over open water, reports CNBC News on March 30.
Lockheed Martin has been pitching these airships as a more economically friendly mode of transporting supplies and equipment to the remote areas of the world. The company that purchased these airships is a company newly formed to supply this mode of transportation, reports DB Techno News today.
“Straightline Aviation (SLA) has signed a letter of intent to purchase 12 of the heavier-than-air airships that measure nearly a football field long,” according to CNBC. They already have customers lined-up to use this delivery system.
The airships aren’t built yet, but now that there are buyers, the production is ready to go. The CEO of the company who purchased the airships, Mike Kendrick, said he sees “a real need for this” when it comes to building the infrastructure for an oil well, which can cost up to $1 billion.
Kendrick, who ran Richard Branson’s Virgin Airship and Balloon Company, and his team have formed this company. Virgin’s fleet of 19 blimps are basically used for camera work or advertising, but Kendrick and his team want to concentrate on delivering cargo with these airships.
The video above reports that the airship can cruise at speeds around 70 mph and has seating, comfortable seating, for 19 people. The craft needs very little room to land, so it is not restricted to areas that have a runway or a long landing field. It needs enough to accommodate its large size, but it doesn’t need any extra room for its approach on landing or extra space for takeoff. This airship hoovers down to land and up for departure.
As you can see from the pictures above, it is an odd looking craft and you can bet the UFO reports will rise when these new feats of technology take to the skies around the globe!