Thursday, 22 September 2011

Freight Blimps ordered for the high Canadian Arctic. Updated.

The Hybrid Air Vehicles heavy-lifter in Discovery Air livery
Heavy-lifting blimp from DAI

A Canadian company is buying innovative blimps that can lift 50 tons and travel to the frozen north at 100 knots, staying aloft for several weeks at a time.  Hybrid Air Vehicles from the UK will be supplying the first of several by 2014 to Discovery Air Innovations of Canada (DAI).

A little background on the topic here  and  here.  All-weather gravel roads in the north can cost over $1.5 million per mile.
h/t Brian Hall.

The Vancouver Sun updates the story February 2013.  Banks are wary of funding but a federal committee takes note of the promise.

Updated:  They let the deal lapse.

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