Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4196 posts, RR: 33 Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1031 times:
Cargolifter has delayed its CL160 project, an airship capable of transporting 160t in a single piece to distant an remote destinations. The reason is cash shortage, development will now focus on the smaller ballon AirCran 75 which has already been ordered. Again a chance missed in Germany...
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2905 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1008 times:
I agree, it's a pity and a missed chance. There wouldn't be any competition at all. In case they still finish the project, they will offer a product that nobody else offers, no other aircraft (or whatever) can transport those huge and heavy pieces. Very sad!
It somehow reminds me of the Transrapid: they spend millions in the developement, but once they have developed it, they don't build it. And does anybody remember the Dornier Seastar? Exactly the same.
Btw, does anybody have Cargolifter stocks? My brother has, I think he bought at 26€...
Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4196 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1001 times:
Seems to be the typical problem in Germany these days: many, many good ideas but our politicans don´t have the balls for it and only think in "4-year-periods", from election to election.
The Seastar was a wonderful project, as is the Transrapid, IMO the vehicle of the future, not only for pax carriage but for cargo appliactions, too. and the list of failed projects is long, only remember the VFW614 which never got enough backing.
I fear that the "delay" means effectively the cancellation of the CL160 project as I don´t think they will get enough money together to finance the development. This is an innovative project, and the only thing our current government does is saying "uh, why should we help them? It´s not a big company (=Holzmann) thus they can´´t have good ideas!"