The Zeppelin NT (New Technology) project started several years ago
and uses modern technologies and new design innovations
to realize a more maneuvrable and efficient rigid airship.
The prototype NT 07 made its first flight on September 18, 1997.
After hovering tests at its Messehalle construction site, it was
transferred to the Friedrichshaven Airport two kilometers away from where the
one year testing program will be conducted. The takeoff to its maiden flight
was on Thursday afternoon at 18:45 hours and the flight lasted approximately
The Zeppelin NT LZ N07 prototype taking off for its maiden flight on 18 Sept. 1997.
(Image courtesy of
Technical drawing of LZ N 07
shows the prismatic inner structure.
The current prototype has an approximate length of 75 meters and a volume of
about 8,200 m3. It is powered by three 200 HP engines. The gondola seats
12 passengers and 2 pilots. The prototype has now flown after seven years of
development and a total development cost of 40 million DM. As of September
1997, 5 further ships were on order at a unit price of 12,5 million DM.
For more information
directly or visit the official
Zeppelin NT website.
Skyship Cruise Ltd.,
the Swiss company that will operate the first serial NT 07, provides
information on its website as well. Both sites contain great graphics
and pictures of NT 07.