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German Airship Rescue Association

Deutsche Luftschiff Rettung e.V.:

New Projection for Disaster Aid

Deutsche Luftschiffrettung e.V Munich, in February 2016. In March 2012 the non-profit-association “German Airship Rescue e.V.” launched with a worldwide unique approach. This association gives top priority to buy the most modern airships of the world for a faster and more efficient Relief Operation and use them.

In the disaster winter 2004 the founder of the association had the idea by reason of the Tsunami that swept across Thailand and by this catastrophe more than 220.000 people lost their lives. Many people died because the helpers simply could not get them fast enough or not.

Still rapid assistance in the event of a disaster is the exception rather than the rule. The concerned persons often cut off from the outside world and through the ruined infrastructure almost unattainable. The previous aid in rescue operations of this kind relies on the supply of helicopters, airplanes and the further distribution via truck. However: helicopters are expensive and very limited in payload, range and service life.

In addition: the Disaster Relief always comes in the place where it is not needed at once – at the airport. And there it arrives only if this airport has not been destroyed or is under water. And last but not least: transhipment of relief goods from trucks to special airfreight containers and then back to a container is time-consuming and even then only effective when the streets are still present or passable.

“Today’s auxiliary concepts”, as Krebs, “often encounter their limits. Help often comes too late and in insufficient quantity. It’s all about the first 5 to 7 days right after the disaster. The question of how and by what means we could help people who are in completely inaccessible areas in a faster and more efficiently way than before kept Krebs busy. He sought for combatants but especially a concept that could precisely meet these conditions.

Finally in 2010 the founder of the association discovered a former airship-concept which was developed for the German Navy and required the exact type which is essential for the modern disaster relief of Krebs: absolute all-weather performance, take-offs and landings up to force 9 (storm), velocities over 200 km/h and helicopter-properties and waving the carrying of ballast such as water or sand to compensate for the carried goods.

Because: all previous airship projects were not designed to dispense with water or sand as load balancing. That it also can go without showed an originally military study contract.

But the commission by the German Navy did not happen: the provider withdrew after the bankruptcy of Cargolifter in spite of million investments from the market. And although studies and expert opinions show all of: the construction of an airship with these properties is technically feasible. Krebs: “These airships are a revolution in disaster relief and more aid can move directly to the needy than any other known means of transport today.”

2012 founded the Michael Krebs -profit association “German airship rescue eV” – an association whose primary goal is to apply the funds for the purchase of such airships. Because: “The studies which were then carried out as a part of the military preliminary investigation it now requires only a simple assignment in order to begin construction of a first airship can,” says Krebs.

Michael Krebs Airship Rescue AssociationThe first airship – with capacity of almost ten–ton payload and a length of 110 m and equal to the largest in the world – has to be built, so that the approval process for the second airship with a length of 350 meters will be easier.

The currently approved largest airship in the world – the Zeppelin NT – is only 75 meters long. Everything which is now re-registered should be settled in this magnitude due to the comparative figures.

“But even with our little rescue airship we can move mountains,” says Krebs. The real revolution of disaster relief, there will be the second planned airship: a range of 6.000 km, a possible payload of 500 tonnes and the fact that it only has to land for maintenance purposes, will change the rescue operation from scratch.

“The possibilities,” said the Club chairman, “are enormous. We need neither roads nor airports or ground crews. We can, because we no longer need to end up with the big airship , condescend supplies at your exact required site or just take on board and care for the needy in the air on board. We are at the site no longer reliant on heavy equipment on the ground, because we have it on board. In short, the airship is the future rescue in disaster relief.” Michael Krebs – innately sales professional – uses for the dissemination of the association idea besides the own homepage numerous events, trade fairs and business clubs.

The association is a member of the Diplomatic Council (DC), an accredited at the United Nations Diplomacy and Economic Organization in special consultative status with the United Nations which sees itself as a brigde between diplomacy, economy and society economic and social council.

Recently, stands the “German Airship Rescue e.V.” under the auspices of the Diplomatic Council and will be on the New Year Gala in January 2016 and officially presented as worthy of support project and placed on a DC supported by a crowdfunding platform. In addition, Michael Krebs has the function “Chairman Global Disaster Relief and Forum” at the Diplomatic Council adopted to represent the United Nations statutes in its project environment.

“We are,” he says, “in an excellent way. If one in ten Germans will donate today only 3 Euros we could buy tomorrow the first airship.”

About Deutsche Luftschiff Rettung e.V. (German Airship Rescue Association):

Founded in March 2016, the association has taken on the task of making international relief assistance in in crisis and disaster situations easier, faster and more efficient by purchasing the world’s most modern airships and deploying them to crisis areas. The simplified background is the idea that many emergency aid concepts meet their limits: emergency aid often arrives late or does not get to where it is needed. The Airship Rescue Concept is based on two completed feasibility analyses and should be realised within the next two years.


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