Exploration of the rain forest canopy using airships and similar aerial platforms
In 1995, Graham Dorrington flew a helium-filled airship of his own design ("Dirigible-4" with a helium capacity of 380 cubic metres) over
D4 Airship flown in Borneo (Danum Valley, Sabah), 1995.
D4 Airship flown in Borneo (Danum Valley, Sabah). Photo Joe Gasis, 1995
In 2004, Dorrington flew another electric powered dirigible (with a helium capacity of 480 cubic metres and powered by a state-of-the-art rechargable lithium battery) over the Kaieteur National Park, Guyana, while filming the documentary "The White Diamond". The airship permitted cinematographer Klaus Scheurich Marco Polo Films AG to get excellent footage of the canopy and some of its inhabitants. See http://www.thewhitediamond.de/
D6 airship "White Diamond" returning from a short flight over canopy, photos by Margaret Wertheim, 2004
Scheurich and Dorrington in the "White Diamond", courtesy Margaret Wertheim, 2004.
View of Potaro Valley (near Kaieteur) from airship. Photo G. Dorrington, 2004