On Friday, Crowdcube alum Hybrid Air Vehicles announced it was nominated for the 2016 Wired Audi Innovation Awards. This award show is designed to highlight and celebrate people (or businesses) achieving extraordinary things.
Hybrid Air Vehicles shared the exciting news on Twitter:
— Hybrid Air Vehicles (@AirVehicles) September 23, 2016
Others who are nominated for the award are Target Malaria, Reaction Engines, Deepmind, Novosang, 100,000 Genome Project, Open Bionics, and What3Words.
Last year, the London-based company launched its first equity crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube to raise £2 million for the Airlander. During the funding round, the company successfully raised 2.1 million and then returned to the crowdfunding platform earlier this year and raised an additional £1.2 million. The Airlander can also reach speeds of 100 mph, propelled by its wing-shaped design, four engines and the 38,000 m3 of helium in its hull.
The Airlander recently made its maiden voyage from Cardington Sheds in Bedfordshire. Unfortunately, during its second flight, the Airlander experienced some technical issues and crash landed. All flight and ground crew were ok.
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