Zeppelin airship technology

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ZLT ​​Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co. KG
legal form GmbH & Co. KG
founding 1993
Seat Friedrichshafen
management Eckhard Breuer
Website www.zeppelinflug.de

Worldwide unique: the Zeppelin NT

The Zeppelin airship technology GmbH (now ZLT Zeppelin airship technology GmbH & Co. KG) is a 1993 established company, the Zeppelin NT develops and manufactures. The Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei was founded in 2001 to operate the airships . The company sees itself in the tradition of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, established in 1908 . The shareholders are Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH (51%) and ZF Friedrichshafen AG (49%). The company is based in Friedrichshafen . The managing director is Eckhard Breuer.

Production of the Zeppelin NT

Zeppelin is currently the manufacturer of the largest airships in the world and the only European supplier of large manned gas airships with active production. In contrast to many other large airship projects in the 1990s and with the backing of the Zeppelin Group, the development and market launch of a modern airship with a globally unique construction in a semi-rigid design with an internal frame was successful. Four NT Zeppelins had been completed by 2008. The Zeppelin NT is 75 meters long, has three engines of 147 kW each, is filled with helium, flies at up to 125 km / h and can carry 12 to 14 passengers.

The former departure building of the Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei in Friedrichshafen until 2008
Today's Zeppelin hangar in Friedrichshafen

Use of the Zeppelins NT

The first Zeppelin NT was completed in 1997. These airships are mainly used for sightseeing and advertising flights as well as for climate research and various science campaigns.

A zeppelin could be rented to De Beers from autumn 2005 to the end of 2007 for the exploration of diamond deposits . It was irreparably damaged shortly before the end of the job and then dismantled.

The second prototype could be sold to Japan.

Another prototype was delivered to the airship company Airship Ventures in San Francisco, California, via the Port of Hamburg. It was used for sightseeing flights 400 meters above the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Treasure Island. In November 2012 Airship Ventures ceased operations due to lack of demand in the USA.

Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik is a founding partner of Zeppelin University .

Individual evidence

  1. http://zeppelin-nt.de/de/impressum.html?pdf=25
  2. ZLT ​​Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH & Co KG ( Memento from February 24, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Zeppelin stops at Airbus. In: Hamburger Abendblatt, September 18, 2008, p. 26
  4. ^ In the zeppelin over San Francisco. In: Hamburger Abendblatt of November 8, 2008, p. 5 and Airship Ventures website, San Francisco.
  5. History | Zeppelin NT | Zeppelin-NT on Lake Constance. Retrieved October 10, 2019 .

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