“On August 1st 2001, Rigid Airship Design N.V. stopped its activities”.
AIRSHIP HOLLAND® Global Relief Navigator®
With the right people, corporate and governmental support behind it, the chances for Ian Alexander’s initiative,
“the construction of a classic Airship”, have never been better! Millions ( US$ 15 million)
have been invested in this project till now, resulting in progress in all areas of research, development
and practical experience. With all the acquired knowledge and continuing interest in the idea of constructing
a rigid airship, the chances for a ‘relaunch’ remains within grasp.
GLOBAL RELIEF NAVIGATOR
Due to recent disasters as the December 2004 Tsunami, the New Orleans Hurricane, Flooding in the USA and South America,
and Earthquakes in Pakistan, Airship Holland has been approached to investigate the feasibility of designing and building
a GLOBAL RELIEF NAVIGATOR, permanently stationed in Spain, available to humanitarian organisations
(e.g. U.N. – RED CROSS – RED CRESCENT - UNICEF – UNHCR). Such classic rigid airship would be capable to arrive in
disaster areas providing first emergency aid and telecommunication
facilities within a time frame of 24 hours after occurrences. Increased requests for information from around the world
continue to be received on a daily basis.
An interesting starting point would be the ‘Holland Navigator®’ project, an initiative of Boudewijn Hoogeweegen’s
company, Taskforce in The Netherlands. Many corporations and governmental agencies remain staunch supporters
of the project to realise a 250 meter long classic rigid airship, like the Hindenburg, guaranteeing participants
relief opportunities, at home and around the world!