Zepplin Jumperee??? from Zeppelin NT

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Karen

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Feb 8, 2002, 1:18:50 AM2/8/02
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Do you know anyone in March 2002 jumping the Zeppelin NT?
Or anyone that has already jumped it??

Karen ;o)


Some skydiving tests were actually successfully performed during the
overall Zeppelin NT Flight Testing Program. The skydivers involved were
adamant that this was an unforgettable experience and one of the highs
of their career. To jump from a Zeppelin is similar to jumping from a
hot-air balloon...or even to base-jumping. Just a few seconds after the
jump, the speed is high enough to control the dive. This free-fall is
the ultimate kick for most skydivers.

The Zeppelin Jumporee is an attempt to establish a continuous serial of
events that would give this opportunity to all skydivers.
In March 2002 skydivers from around the world will meet in
Friedrichshafen to jump for the first time from the Zeppelin NT.
This event shows one more time the versatility of the Zeppelin NT and
another of all the different tasks it can perform.

The plan is to have about 240 skydivers jump from around 3,600 ft
(1,200 m) over the Friedrichshafen airport during a series of three
consecutive week-ends.
Other activities are planned besides skydiving, such as a Jumporee
Party, Ski trips in Austria or Switzerland (both very close to
Friedrichshafen) and so on.
Reasonably priced hotels in Friedrichshafen will enable people to stay
overnight.
Every skydiver will be able to be accompanied for free by another person
of his choice during the flight with the Zeppelin NT.
The program is set in such a way that it is very flexible and will
accommodate for weather days. All three days in each week-end are
variable.

In case this Zeppelin Jumporee is a high success, more events of this
sort will be planned and can even be organized elsewhere.
Cost per jump: Euro 299.00
every aditional jump: Euro 199.00


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Tim A

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Feb 8, 2002, 12:17:01 PM2/8/02
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Karen wrote:

> http://www.zeppelinflug.de/pages/D/events_frame.htm
>
> Do you know anyone in March 2002 jumping the Zeppelin NT? Or anyone that
> has already jumped it??

> To jump from a Zeppelin is similar to jumping from a hot-air balloon...or


> even to base-jumping. Just a few seconds after the jump, the speed is high
> enough to control the dive. This free-fall is the ultimate kick for most
> skydivers.

We need this at Quincy. What a nice classy addition to my list of aircraft
I have jumped. How do they compensate for ballast lost? In Balloons they
put it into a sink, but from 3600 ft there would not be much time to exit if
the did it with the Dirigible. With forward speed and the control surfaces,
they have some compensation but this seems like a lot to compensate for and
venting gas seems to be way to expensive. This is probably why the cost is
so high, they couldn't take to many at one time

> The plan is to have about 240 skydivers jump from around 3,600 ft (1,200
> m) over the Friedrichshafen airport during a series of three consecutive
> week-ends.

Sounds like a good opportunity for a 5-6 man speed star competition. Bet
the Zeppelin would pop up, like a cork underwater, with that much weight
leaving at one time.

> Other activities are planned besides skydiving, such as a Jumporee Party,
> Ski trips in Austria or Switzerland (both very close to Friedrichshafen)
> and so on.

> Reasonably priced hotels in Friedrichshafen will enable people to stay
> overnight.

> Every skydiver will be able to be accompanied for free by another person
> of his choice during the flight with the Zeppelin NT.

Does this include beer for the observer to drink, while they watch me do the
jumping? At the prices charged, they need to have some thing extra..

> Cost per jump: Euro 299.00
> every aditional jump: Euro 199.00

(In dollars) First jump $261.00, Additional jumps $174

pilotdave

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Feb 8, 2002, 12:52:17 PM2/8/02
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> We need this at Quincy. What a nice classy addition to my list of
aircraft
> I have jumped. How do they compensate for ballast lost? In Balloons they
> put it into a sink, but from 3600 ft there would not be much time to exit
if
> the did it with the Dirigible. With forward speed and the control
surfaces,
> they have some compensation but this seems like a lot to compensate for
and
> venting gas seems to be way to expensive. This is probably why the cost
is
> so high, they couldn't take to many at one time
>

Maybe I'm wrong but I think the only gas they vent is air, not helium. I
don't know much about blimps, but I wouldn't think the change in weight
would be a very big deal for them. I think they have thrust vectoring
engines so maybe they can direct the thrust upward on exit. The thing
normally holds 12 passengers with a useful load of 1.9 tons (metric tons i
guess).

David


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