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Cargolifter Delays CL160

Fri May 17, 2002 8:09 pm

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...

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RE: Cargolifter Delays CL160

Fri May 17, 2002 8:23 pm

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€...
 
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RE: Cargolifter Delays CL160

Fri May 17, 2002 8:31 pm

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!"

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RE: Cargolifter Delays CL160

Fri May 17, 2002 11:43 pm

FT....wasn't Cargolifter the company Boeing just signed a joint venture with??

Or am I confused?
 
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RE: Cargolifter Delays CL160

Sat May 18, 2002 9:22 pm

You´re right Greg, however the LoI covered only the ballon section, not the air ship as far as I know. I don´t know the current status of the LoI, I think it remains unaffected.

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