Photos: Return of the zeppelin

Photos: Return of the zeppelin

Summary: From hundreds of feet in the air, a zeppelin can scan a landscape for hints of diamond deposits.

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  • Zeppelin framework

    The De Beers aircraft is Zeppelin NT-07. The New Technology Zeppelin, which had its maiden flight in 1997, has framework that weighs about a ton. The cabin, engines and other main airship components all connect to the rigid structure, which has triangular carbon fiber frames and three aluminum longerons.

  • Envelope

    The envelope of the NT airship, made of many layers of laminated fabric, holds helium gas.

  • Propellers

    Three propellers with a maximum swivel of 120 degrees aid the Zeppelin NT to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.

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