A new era dawned for the Zeppelin just outside Berlin last month as German company CargoLifter successfully launched a model airship, Joey, on its maiden voyage. The 32m-long model sailed for 16 minutes from a former Soviet airbase in Brand, where the first steel arch of a massive 360m long and 210m wide hangar has been completed to house what will be the world’s largest ever airships. Joey is a 1:8 scale model of the proposed CL 160 airship – a 260m long flying crane with a helium gas capacity of 450,000m3, capable of carrying up to 160 tonnes point-to-point anywhere in the world. CargoLifter will launch a full scale prototype next year. It hopes to commence operations by 2002, with annual production of up to four airships by 2004.