To make the concept of an inflatable hangar fly, first you've got to make sure the structure itself does not fly away.
Jose Antonio Sanz insists his company's inflatable structures can cope with winds of 100 kph (62 mph), even 150 kph (93 mph). “We're talking to a customer who will require 180 kph,” protection, says Barcelona-based Buildair's commercial director.
A telematic control system, coupled with multiple 20-cm (7.87-in.) screws drilled into the tarmac, is essential to a structure's stability.
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