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.
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. The LCA60T is rigid and can’t be “deflated”, setting it apart from the traditional blimp despite its exterior appearance.
The aircraft was originally designed to transport wood logs around inaccessible areas by creating an airship that didn’t need infrastructure support. However, the France-based team quickly pivoted to a larger, less targeted client base. In terms of other iterations, Flying Whales is currently working with both state and private financial supporters and clients across various industries in Europe, Asia, and Canada, with plans to eventually expand to the US as the team grows in the future. Its Commercial production is poised to begin in 2025, and the final goal is to make over 162 LCA60Ts in the first decade of production. And since the air vehicle uses helium to hover, the LCA60T has a low fuel consumption compared to traditional aircrafts.
Despite its 66-ton payload, the LCA60T can carry objects of any size or shape by using slings that hang under the aircraft, although there’s also a cargo holding area inside. The LCA60T can cruise at around 62 miles-per-hour with the aim of doing “short” — within around 124 to 186 miles — trips. Through this, remote areas can be accessed without harming the environment. The hybrid electric propulsion system that powers the airship also gives Flying Whales the opportunity to then shift to full electric propulsion in the future, further decreasing the airship’s carbon footprint.

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