Helium One, explorer, developer and producer of high value bulk liquid helium (He), has entered into a strategic partnership with Hybrid Enterprises, the exclusive worldwide reseller of Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airship.
Helium One will use the LMH-1 Hybrid Airship to safely transport He out of its deposit sites in Tanzania.
Helium One holds a prospecting license across three project areas in Tanzania, encompassing more than 4,500 km² of land with He concentrations up to 10.5%. With significant operational, technical and commercial experience, the Helium One team is well positioned to capitalise on opportunities within the global He market. This strategic collaboration would provide a safe and sustainable solution for transporting He from mining sites in Tanzania.
Thomas Abraham-James, CEO of Helium One, commented, “We are excited to be working with Hybrid Enterprises to explore a new way to efficiently deliver bulk liquid He to the world.”
“We are in the process of developing a new He province in Tanzania that has the potential to alleviate fears of a global He shortage for decades to come. The LMH-1 airship may be a highly cost effective transportation method for us, and could reduce the bottlenecks associated with road transportation,” he continued.
Developed and built by Lockheed Martin, the LMH-1 can land on virtually any surface including gravel, snow, ice and even water. The He-filled, heavier-than-air airships can carry 21 metric tonnes of cargo and up to 19 passengers. The LMH-1 will provide a low cost and sustainable solution for moving cargo and personnel to the most isolated regions of the world.
“With the demand for He increasing, this discovery of a nearly 100 billion cubic foot He deposit in Tanzania will help ensure future supply,” said Rob Binns, CEO of Hybrid Enterprises. “And what better way to transport this product than with our He filled Hybrid Airship.”
Hybrid Airships combine the technology of lighter-than-air aircraft with airplanes, helicopters and hovercraft. He provides 80% of the lift, and the remaining lift comes from the aerodynamic shape of the aircraft and its four thrust vectoring engines. The airship also features a unique hovercraft-like Air Cushion Landing System that facilitates taxiing and holds the craft firmly on the ground.