Flying Whales, in the spotlight at the Dubai World Expo

10/05/2021
With a 70-metre long cargo bay, the airship should be able to transport any type of load. @Flying Whales

The start-up Flying Whales and its airships have been chosen to illustrate new mobilities at the France Pavilion, at the Dubai World Expo.

April 2021. The start-up Flying Whales and its airships that are meant to revolutionise air freight have been chosen to illustrate new mobilities at the France Pavilion, at the Dubai World Expo, in which 190 countries will participate from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The innovative young company, which is dedicated to an airship project for the transport of heavy loads is supported in particular by Bpifrance, but also ADPBouygues or Air Liquide. The  airship, with a 70-metre long cargo bay, should be able to transport any type of load from wind turbines to high voltage pylons. 

Beyond the return to the skies of airships, the future Large Capacity Airship 60 Tons (LCA60T) is innovative in more than one respect. It bears little resemblance to the aircraft of the 1930s. The structure of the LCA60T will be rigid and will use helium, a gas that is lighter than air and non-flammable. In addition, it will have hybrid propulsion. It will combine four turbines of 1 MW each to produce energy and electric motors to drive eight propeller systems. Flying Whales will have a limited footprint as it will not require any infrastructure.

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