the essential The start-up Flynog Whales has been selected to participate in the Dubai World Expo in the France pavilion.
More 25 000 visitors expected at the France pavilion
Designed by the architectural firms L’Atelier Perez Prado and Celnikier & Grabli Architects and designed around the theme of light, the France pavilion – 19 meters in height, 2 450 m² of photovoltaic solar tiles and 1 160 m² of gardens – will be one of the most visited. More 25 000 visitors are, in fact, expected every day to discover French know-how but also innovations like that of Fying Whales.
The only start-up selected by France to promote innovative projects dedicated to mobility, the young company, founded in 1937 , wants to revolutionize transport by bringing the airship up to date.
This mode of transport which is still associated with the Hinenbourg airship disaster in 1937 just might be the transportation solution of the 21st century.
This airship could revolutionize the transport of goods
The LCA aircraft 50 T still in the draft state consists in an immense rigid structure of 190 meters long, 50 diameter meters shipping 13 unpressurized helium cells (an inert gas) for its propulsion and offering an immense hold for boarding 60 tons of payload. Sustainable (no ground transport infrastructure), secure, adaptable with its hovering capabilities, and economical, the French airship could transport wind turbines, bios logs, electricity pylons or containers.
The project which has already raised 60 M € on 450 necessary has attracted private investors (Air Liqudie, Oddo …) and public (Quebec, ADP, the region New Aquitaine…). The factory to build the LCA 50 T must come out of the ground l next year for a first flight scheduled in 2024.