Things airship related and the back story on operating the Airship Ventures Zeppelin “Eureka” in the USA.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Paper Airplanes? Well, a paper aviation camera at least!
We started work a few weeks back on adding a camera mount to the ship. Once installed, we'll be able to act as a traffic 'copter, do movie/TV shoots, cover sports events, research marine mammals, or any of a thousand other cool things our stable platform will allow us to do.
Compared to other aerial platforms (primarily helicopters), we have amazing endurance (all day without refueling), lots of room in the gondola (so not only the camera operator can be on board, but also associated producers/researchers/etc), a restroom ('nuff said), and the ability to carry food and other supplies (useful for all day missions).
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I remember when we sent the first TV Camera for live broadcast aboard a K-Ship(195?). The Camera and associated equipment (people) had the landing strut fully compressed and the Ship had a real long takeoff, in fact some were in doubt it would ever get off the ground. The first pictures live were of the Empire State building and Manhatten. Eureka is a perfect platform for the modern aerography.
-- Tom McCrea
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