Research & Development

Acquired in early 2008 by the business angel New York Finance Innovation (NYFI), the company had a fresh start. The aim:  to play a major role in the revival of airships, and to renew its concept by incorporating modern technology and material.


Voliris is dedicated to the completion of an ambitious research program. To carry out this project VOLIRIS built an airship hangar at the airfield in Moulins, France, thus providing a home to prototypes developed by its R & D team.

Relying on a team of young engineers, enthusiastic about aviation and sustainable development, the  research department develops unique digital tools dedicated to the design of airships. The assembly of these airships are done in its hangar and then flight tests are performed to validate the digital calculations.

The V900, Renaissance of the Blimp

Created in 2001, Voliris is born out of the passion of Misters Theuveny, father and son, both passionate about airships. In 2003, Voliris built its first airship, the Voliris-900, or V900. The maiden flight took place at the Clermont-Ferrand airport in June of that year. Hangars for this work were kindly made available by the AIA.

Documentary on the airship Tour de France for the Weather Channel in the summer of 2007.

Developed using new technologies, the VOLIRIS 900 proved its efficiency and reliability during four years of campaigning. Nevertheless, despite multiple successfull advertising missions  and pilot trainings , the market for the Voliris 900 was limited due to important operating costs and the weather constraints. These are the traditional unavoidable issues when operating  conventional blimps and airships.

In order to develop the use of lightened airships and expand their markets it is therefore essential that the airship industry renews its effort toward progress and innovation. By doing so it can bring a relevant and much needed breakthrough technology to the world of aeronautics.

The V901, hybrid airship

The V901 is the first hybrid airship created by VOLIRIS. Its first flight was on 2012 and it was tested during two years.

Flight test

This prototype was developed as part of our R&D activities with the support of the DGA.

His particular shape, gives it the ability to generate an aerodynamic lift. Moreover, the gas contained in the same shape give it an aerostatic lift. Thus, the V901 is an hybrid “lift” aricraft.

This prototype was used on a campaign of two years to achieve many ground and flight tests.


The V901RC is a radio control version of the V901 designed by VOLIRIS. This model allows us to explore a largest flight enveloppe. It was developped in 2012 and test during two years.

Flight test

This radiocontrolled model of 60m³, was used to understand the aerodynamic and mechanical phenomenons.

The prototype made its first flight in 2012 and has been tested during a campaign of two years. It allowed us to include the automation tests (dronisation) needed for automatic load transport.

The V902RC, validation of a unique design

The VOLIRIS V902RC is the result of many years of studies. This is a hybrid lift aircraft created by VOLIRIS. The first flight was completed in 2014 and its in-flight experimentations are still ongoing.

Flight test

After our flights test of 2013, with the V901 and the V901RC prototypes, we decided to design a new aircraft to improve our aerodynamic lift. The V902RC is the result of this research. This radiocontrolled aircraft of 80m³ provides better aerodynamic performance.


CMLG : Container Mover and Landing Gear. First prototype.

CMLG test

The CMLG is a key component of our project. This optional container gripping  module ensures handling functions of ground containers and landing gear.

This unique concept has been patented by VOLIRIS, and concept proven by our team.

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