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New Megablimp to Deliver to Remote Alaskan Construction Sites

Date: January 5, 2017  /  Author: Ryan W. Sternoff  /  Categories: Out of the Ordinary, Construction News and Notes, Memorable Quotes  /  Keywords: New Megablimp to Deliver to Remote Alaskan Construction Sites 1  /  Comments (0)

For nearly 20 years, Lockheed Martin has been working on developing a “Hybrid Airship” that may transform the ability to construct facilities in remote project locations.[1]

On September 13, 2016, the Daily Journal of Commerce reported that the first of these “Hybrid Airships,” which can land in snow, ice, gravel, and water, are set to deliver from a facility operated by PRL Logistics in Kenai, Alaska, beginning in 2019.[2]  PRL will be operating the blimps in partnership with UK-based Straightline Aviation who placed the first order for the airships this year.  According to PRL, the hope is that the airships will provide low cost solutions for moving freight in Alaska, where runways and roads are not always available.  The helium-lifted behemoth blimps have space for 47,000 pounds of cargo and 18 passengers and cost about $40 million dollars.