You may have seen some reports in the media about Airlander with some headlines about Airlander “nosediving” and “breaking free of its mooring lines”. These are factually incorrect stories and we have identified the source and managed to get the mainstream media to change or remove this story now.
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The story came from a picture of us pitching up at the rear by a small amount. This is a normal event which one can expect to see from time to time. It is something that Airlander is designed to do. We continue to be attached to our mooring mast in our final phase of flight test training. This is the main point of contact the Airlander has with terra firma. The attachment is a ball and socket joint and we naturally move around it at all times – we mainly move sideways through 360 degrees (yaw, or weathervane) around the mast and sometimes we also pitch (tilt upwards) around it.
We expect to be flying very soon and continue to be on schedule.