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(Mercury News)   Dead Zeppelin   ( divider line
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13875 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 Nov 2012 at 2:42 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-11-17 10:09:26 PM  

flaminio: drake113: FTFA:

Awareness, not cost, appeared to be the real problem, Hall said. Most people who saw the airship didn't realize they could ride on it.

So, let me get this straight: you have a zeppelin that routinely flies over the city for everyone to see and you can't figure out a way to advertise for it? Not one good idea on how to make people aware that they could ride on the huge flying thing-- the size four highway billboards placed end to end, in fact-- that slowly cruises over the city on a daily basis? None?

Yeah, come to think of it, I'm stumped, too.

They actually ran with a "Ride Me!" design with a phone number and URL. I don't think it was that people didn't realize they could ride it; it's moreso that they didn't feel like paying $500 for a 45 minute ride.

I think the price was the main problem for the ride part, but since the main funding was the advertising, that's what killed the entire venture.

I've wanted to fly on Eureka, but since I can fly me and three friends for three hours for the price of a flight just for me on Eureka, I never did.
2012-11-17 11:58:54 PM
2012-11-18 10:03:43 AM  
Huh, I wonder if these people know my friend Josh, who also had a rigid airship project based out of Moffett a few years before this one sprung up. His was lenticular, required only one anchor point on the ground, and had a nifty buoyancy control system that eliminated the need to vent helium. He was pitching the idea for applications like ecotourism, freight transport to places without adequate infrastructure for planes, and taking spacecraft into the upper atmosphere for launch to save on fuel. It was pretty cool stuff.

Last I checked, though, he'd dropped the airship idea in favor of starting his own quasi-cult with its own fenced "compound" and growing a lot of weed.
2012-11-18 11:12:36 AM

RIP, Zeppoli.
2012-11-18 11:13:01 AM  
Mentat: Well, I guess that business idea won't be his stairway to heaven.

Yup, looks like its gonna end up on the Gallow's pole
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