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Lockheedsairshipgetsthegreenlight:FAAapprovesmassive
hybridvehiclethatcouldlaunchin2018
LockheedMartinhaspartneredwithsalesfirmHybridEnterprisestomarketitsLMH1hybridairship
USFederalAviationAdministrationthisweekapprovedacertificationplanforthe$40millionvehicle
Lockheedsaysairshipcantransportheavycargotoremotelocationswhileburningsignificantlylessfuel
Theairshipcaneventuallybescaledtoroughlythesizeofafootballfieldwith500tonsofcapacity
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LockheedMartinhasbeengiventhegreenlighttobuilditsradicalhybridairshipthatwilllaunchin2018.
TheUSFederalAviationAdministrationhasthisweekapprovedacertificationplandevelopedbythecompany,takingitonestepclosertostarting
commercialdeliveries.
Lockheedsaystheairshipscantransportheavycargotoremotelocations,burnsignificantlylessfuelthanconventionalaircraftandlandonanyflat
surface,includingsand,snowandwater.

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LockheedMartinhasbeengiventhegreenlighttobuilditsradicalhybridairshipthatwilllaunchin2018.TheUSFederalAviation
Administrationhasthisweekapprovedacertificationplandevelopedbythecompany.Picturedisanartist'simpression

Earlierthisyear,LockheedMartinpartneredwithsalesfirmHybridEnterprisestomarketitsnewLMH1hybridairship.
Theairship,filledmostlywithhelium,cancarry20tonsofcargo,butcanbescaledtoroughlythesizeofafootballfieldwith500tonsofcapacity.The
exactdimensionhavenotyetbeengiven.

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Itwillhaveafuelcapacityof5,000gallonwitharangeof1,400nauticalmiles,andcancruiseataspeedof60knots.

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Itsfourhovercraftlikelandingpadswouldallowittosetdownonflatlandwithoutbeingrequiredtobemooredonlargetowersliketraditionalairships.
Liftisgeneratedfromthehull,andpropulsioncomesfromthrustgenerationandlandingcomesfromanaircushionlandingsystem.

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Lockheedsaystheairshipscantransportheavycargotoremotelocations,burnsignificantlylessfuelthanconventionalaircraftandland
onanyflatsurface,includingsand,snowandwater

LockheedMartin'shybridairshipsgetthegreenlight

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TheLMH1,prototypesofwhichhavebeenindevelopmentfortwodecades,willhaveroomfora
crewoftwo,andupto19passengers.

THELMH1HYBRIDAIRSHIP

Butitwon'tcomecheap.Currentestimatessuggeststhepriceofthehybridairshipwillbebetween
25millionto30million,orapproximately$40million.

TheLMH1,filledmostlywithhelium,willcarry
20tonsofcargo,butcanscaledtoroughlythe
sizeofafootballfieldwith500tonsofcapacity.

LockheedandtheFederalAviationAdministration(FAA)haveworkedtogetherformorethana
decadetodefinethecriteriatocertifyhybridairshipsfortransport.
TheFAAapprovedthecriteriain2013andsincethenLockheedhasbeendevelopinga'project
specificcertificationplan'todetailhowitwillfollowthesenewregulations.

Itwillhaveafuelcapacityof5,000gallonwith
arangeof1,400nauticalmiles.

'Theapprovalofthecertificationplanrepresentsanimportantriskreductionmilestoneforour
customers,'programmanagerRobertBoydsaidinastatement.

Itsfourhovercraftlikelandingpadswould
allowittosetdownonflatlandwithoutbeing
requiredtobemooredonlargetowerslike
traditionalairships.

It'shopedthatairshipswillchangethewayoilandminingcompanieshaulequipmenttoremote
areas,suchastheArctic,withoutroadsorinfrastructure,enablingaffordabledeliveryofheavycargo
andpersonnel.

Currentestimatessuggeststhepriceofthe
hybridairshipwillbebetween25millionto
30million,orapproximately$40million.

Butitcouldalsobeusedformilitaryapplications.'Ifamilitarycustomerwasinterested,wewoulddo
allwecantofacilitatethat,'OrlandoCarvalho,LockheedMartin'sexecutivevicepresidentofhybrid
enterprisestoldreportersattheParisAirShow.

Thehybridairshipwillhaveroomforacrewof
two,andupto19passengers.

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'HybridAirshipsofferlargecargocapacitieswithsignificantreductionsinfuelconsumptioncomparedtootherairvehicleswhileremaining
fasterthanlandandseatransportationsystems,'LockheedMartinclaims

Theairship,filledmostlywithhelium,cancarry20tonsofcargo,butcaneasilybescaledtoroughlythesizeofafootballfieldwith500
tonsofcapacity.Itwillhaveafuelcapacityof5,000gallonwitharangeof1,400nauticalmiles,andcancruiseataspeedof60knots

TheNewYorkbasedcompanykickedoffsalesforthe20tonvarietyofthehybridairshipearlierthisyearandisontracktodeliveroperationalairships
byasearlyas2018.
ButLockheedisn'ttheonlyonewithitssightssetonhuge,hybridairships.
Earlierthisweek,world'sbiggestaircrafthasliftedofffromthegroundinBritainforthefirsttimealthoughitwillnotbereadytoleavethehangarwhere
itisbeingdevelopeduntilnextyear.
TheAirlander,whichisacrossbetweenanairshipandanaeroplane,wasoriginallydevelopedaspartofaUSArmyprojectbutwasscrappedby
militarybosses.
ItisnowbeingconvertedtoprovidebusinessandleisureflightsinahangarinCardington,Bedfordshireandrecentlytookoffforthefirsttime.
Thevesselwasfilledwith1.3millioncubicfeetofheliumenoughtofill15Olympicsizedswimmingpoolssoitcouldfloatabovetheground.

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Lockheedisn'ttheonlyonewithitssightssetonhuge,hybridairships.Earlierthisweek,world'sbiggestaircrafthasliftedofffromthe
groundinBritainforthefirsttimealthoughitwillnotbereadytoleavethehangarwhereitisbeingdevelopeduntilnextyear

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Liftoff:Thehybridairshipwasattachedtofourtractors,allweighteddownwithconcrete,andpumpedwith1.3millioncubicfeetofgas

Itwasthenattachedtofourforklifttrucks,eachwithatwotonneblockofcementtostopitbeingcarriedaway,anddriventheentirelengthofthe
hangar.
Initsnewpositionnearerthedoorsofthehangar,the80millionaircraftwillbefittedwithitsengine,finsand'missionmodule'aheadofitsfirstproper
flightinearly2016.
At300ft,theAirlanderisthelargestaircraftintheworld,biggereventhantheAirbusA380butwouldbedwarfedbythehistoriczeppelinsdevelopedin
Germanyduringthe1930s.
Itisahybridofanaeroplaneandanairship60percentofitsliftcomesfromtheheliumitisfilledwithwhiletheother40percentcomesfromitswings.
Itwillbeabletostayintheairfortwoweeksatatime,cruisingatmorethan90mph,andtravelatheightsofupto20,000ftwitha10tonnecargo.

MeettheAirlandertheworld'sbiggestaircraft

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JacquelineJossaadmits

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Underconstruction:EngineerspicturedpumpingtheAirlanderfullofheliuminpreparationformovingitforthefirsttime

SomehavehailedtheAirlanderasthefutureofairtravelbecause,unlikeconventionalaeroplanes,itemitslittlepollutionandisnotnoisyenoughto
disturbpeopleontheground.
LikeLockheedMartin'sLMH1,itcantakeoffandlandverticallylikeahelicopter,whichmeansitdoesnotneedalongrunwaytooperate.
BritishfirmHybridAirVehicleswasoriginallyoneofthecontractorsdevelopingthevesselfortheUSArmyundera$500millionprogrammewhichwas
scrappedin2012.
ThecompanythenboughttherightstodeveloptheAirlanderforcommercialuseincludingasapassengeraircraftwhichwillcarry48peopleatatime.
Thevesselwillalsoofferbusinessservicessuchascoastguardduties,militaryandcivilsurveillance,filmingandacademicresearch.

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Engineersarehopingeventuallytolaunchasleeperservicewhichcouldtravelovernightbetweenmajorcitiesforbusinesscustomers.

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Future:Anartist'simpressionofhowtheAirlanderwilllookwhenitisreadyforlonghaulflightsacrosstheworld

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