Previous aid concepts are reaching their limits and cannot meet the requirements of today’s world. Help where it is most needed currently arrives too late, or not at all. There are not always enough helicopters and trucks available at an airport. For this reason, the first priority is currently the delivery of helicopters and trucks to enable the redistribution of the aid supplies that are yet to arrive.
Next come drinking water treatment plants, electricity generators and communications. At the same time, the first aid workers arrive on site. Only after all of this will critical aid supplies be flown in. A normal aircraft can carry around 50 to 70 tons of goods. These are usually loaded by hand from airfreight containers into shipping containers or trucks. There is often a long and arduous journey until the aid recipients are reached. For the needy themselves this means one thing: waiting, and often for a very long time.

Independent, whether in the air or on land

All transport options currently in use are either conditional on a functional airport or the presence of intact infrastructure.
Our airships can reach their goal, regardless of time or circumstances.
Since the aid supplies do not need to be unloaded and reloaded during the journey, the time until they reach those in need is enormously reduced. The return flight can be used to dispose of debris or to evacuate people. This allows a markedly quicker reconstruction process. This is an innovative scheme which can offer effective help in these times of tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mass migration, floods and refugee camps. The airships combine many positive features and offer further ways to reduce the journey time. At the same time, our airships are a valuable asset for existing rescue organizations and fill an, until now, open gap in the market.

Use of the airships

A European airship company, which also includes the manufacturer of the airships, is building a globally-networked logistics transport system using airships. The company is distinguished by its many locations and operating companies. It has been agreed with the company that in the event of a disaster, the operating company located geographically closest to the disaster zone will respond, and make their airships available for service.

This ensures that Airship Rescue is always on site in the shortest possible time and with the maximum amount of help.

The airship – the best solution

The comparison of various transportation options shows …



+ Carrying capacity
+ Speed


– Requires an airport
– High costs
– Infrastructure for trucks also needed
– Time loss through repeated loading and unloading




+ Quick readiness for duty
+ Full flexibility
+ Can also be used in difficult situations


– Limited operating period
– Frequent maintenance
– Low numbers of people
– No open water rescue




+ High potential passenger count
+ Open water rescue
+ Carrying capacity


– Very slow speed
– Not able to be used in flooded areas




+ Small groups of people can be supplied
+ Direct unloading from the truck
+ Relatively flexible in application


– Low speeds
– Requires road infrastructure to be used
– Not able to be used in flooded areas




+ Large carrying capacity, including bulky goods
+ Can be operated for days on end
+ Open water rescue
+ No load compensation required
+ No airports required
+ No ground staff required
+ High speed
+ Can take off at night
+ Helicopter characteristics



“With minimal financial outlay, we can rescue many lives. We see the disasters, but not how to deal with them. I see this innovation as a major technological leap forward. Now, we can not only recognize disasters, but also manage them. This completely new idea is an option that makes unrestricted air rescue possible and feasible”.

Dr. Günther Meinel, Engineer and Economist (Dipl. Ing., Dipl. Betriebswirt.) President DMW Diplomats International
Advisor and Speaker to the United Nations (UN)

“The deployment of an airship of the German Airship Rescue would solve many of the problems in major disaster zones. The recent past shows that disaster zones are becoming increasingly complex in scope. When island nations are hit by catastrophic natural disasters, such as those in Philippines in November 2013 or Vanuatu in March 2015, it is often important to help large sectors of the population quickly and simultaneously. Logistics in disaster regions always present the international aid community with its greatest challenge. How do you get the many and necessary supplies to the disaster zone? Particularly in the island nations just mentioned, the potential for landing an aircraft is very limited. An airship which operates relatively constantly regardless of weather conditions and which simply requires a small actual landing area, due to its helicopter-like design for landing and take off, facilitates the faster transport of goods to destroyed regions”.

Michael Lesmeister, CEO
I.S.A.R. Germany non-profit organization (limited liability)

“Dear Sir or Madam, Big disasters do not always occur where we can help quickly. Tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, storms, forest fires or even terrorist attacks can isolate thousands of people from the outside world in just one moment and break supply lines. We become concerned and want to assist. But what can one individual do? Not much? Wrong! Michael Krebs is the best example that a single person can not only make a difference, but can also inspire many people to support his project. Transferring 100 Euros to a donation fund for the 2004 Southeast Asian floods was simply not enough for this citizen of Hemer. Sleepless nights spent thinking were the starting point for the creation of an ambitious project – the German Airship Rescue e.V.! It might have taken eight years from the first thoughts to the founding of the association, but such a concept must be well thought through and partners sought. Now the association selflessly wants to accomplish the building of multi-million-Euro airships. I wish the project every success”.

Michael Esken
Former mayor of the city of Hemer (Business location of the association) and acting mayor of the city of Verl