On November 19, Quest Rare Materials signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Straightline Aviation to become the launch customer for Lockheed Martin’s LMH-1 hybrid airship. The deal for seven aircraft, valued at $850 million, was announced on the second day of the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa, Ontario. A 1/130 scale LMH-1 hybrid airship desktop model was also present at the event.
Quest will lease seven hybrid airships from Straightline Aviation beginning in 2019. According to Lockheed Martin, the aircraft is ideal for transporting equipment to remote locations because of its ability to land on virtually any flat surface, including snow and water. This flexibility also has the potential to reduce the impact on the environment due to expanding infrastructure.
It is capable of carrying 20 metric tons of cargo and up to 19 passengers.