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07 / 09 / 2020

Facts: Eco-friendly cargo air transport

French company Flying Whales is creating an airship that can pickup and drop cargo without landing. Flying Whales is producing a blimp-like aircraft that can transport and drop off cargo mid-flight.

France-based Flying Whales is developing an environmentally friendly cargo transport aircraft with commercial production posed to begin in 2025.

The LCA60T airship can off-load its up to 66-ton payload mid-air.
Several components of the cargo transport airship are made to be environmentally friendly, such as its floating capabilities powered by helium, hybrid-electric propulsion system, and lack of need for extra infrastructure during take-offs and landings.
But don't get confused by its oblong shape and helium-powered floating capabilities: the LCA60T is rigid and can't be "deflated", setting it apart from the traditional blimp despite its exterior appearance.