UK startup Straightline Aviation (SLA) has placed a letter of intent for up to 12 Lockheed Martin Hybrid Airships. The deal, the first for the new airship, is potentially worth up to $480 million. SLA, based at Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, plans to operate the airships initially for the oil and gas industries, as well as mineral and alternative energy companies. It can carry up to 21 tonnes in a 10ft x 10ft x 60ft cargo bay, plus up to 19 passengers. Cruising speed is around 60kts ...

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