Friday, February 26, 2010

A rare glimpse inside the envelope

With the helium removed, and air in its place, we are now safe to start working *inside* the envelope.

Here we are looking from frame 5 towards the nose.

-- Matthew


Anonymous said...

Next month I will be at the Zeppelin museum on the shores of Lake Constance. I am looking forward to learning about the history of the Zeppelin NT. It is great that Hugo Eckener's dream is still alive in 2010!

chris said...

Is the envelope pressurized at this point? I always assumed that the envelop would droop around the triangular shape of the frame if the helium was removed.

Brian said...

Yes, it is pressurized, just with air rather than helium. This is why we have the ship in a "cradle" (I like to think of it more as a buttress system) to support the load normally taken by the helium.