The invention is more than 100 years old; Mr. Zeppelin patented the airship for bulk transport or alternatively for transporting people. Despite many setbacks in the past, a company was set up in 1993 which would breath new life in the development of the zeppelin, and with success!
Zeppelin NT, the largest airship in the world
The company in Germany develops, manufactures and markets the Zeppelin NT (NT stands for “New Technology”). This airship is not only the largest in the world, but also the only airship which has been approved for commercial passenger transport. The airship is 75 metres in length and can transport 15 passengers for commercial purposes.
The Zeppelin NT has a rigid internal structure. Where formerly a metal frame was used, the current combination of materials used consists of carbon fibre, reinforced plastic and aluminium in the single-chambered balloon. The drive, tail and cabin are mounted directly on the supporting structure which contributes to maximum safety, comfort and performance.
Parking the Zeppelin NT using the Libra remote control
A zeppelin has to be safe in every aspect; risks by failure would be huge. For this reason, the zeppelin must meet the stringent safety requirements. The heart of the airship is its technology.
It is not coincidental that the manufacturer chose for our Libra radio remote control in combination with the Aquila receiver for the Zeppelin NT. With the duplex system it is not only possible to send commands to the receiver, but the operator also receives reports on his display screen. In this case, the analogue values such as temperature, pressure and slope are sent back, but also alerts that are communicated via the digital inputs.
The reliable wireless remote control with a response time of less than 0.1 second is truly a ‘specialist’ when it comes to communication.
The remote control is used for the ascent and descent of the cabin that hangs on the lower part of the zeppelin once it has been secured to the support pole. The nose cone is attached to the ground vehicle and thereafter moves like a flag in the wind. The operations team can control the zeppelin from the ground and thereby receive current data on the display.