Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Cabin layout exchange in the field

Today, we exchanged from cabin layout 9 (Nucleation) to cabin layout 8 (Photochemistry). To get closer to the conditions we are expecting for next year's flights, the airship was moved out of the hangar for this exchange. Using the cabin-mounted crane especially constructed by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik, lifting the racks into the Zeppelin cabin is unproblematic.

Overall, this first test under tightened field conditions (frost and fog) went really well. A few uncritical points with room for improvement were found, giving us the chance to reduce the necessary time for a complete cabin layout change even further. 

Unfortunately, the weather conditions did not improve throughout the day so we could not fly.

In the late afternoon, the Zeppelin was moved back into the hangar.

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