Army Spy Blimp…

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 in Defense Technology, Military, US Army
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…flies over New Jersey on its first flight.

I think we probably could have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on something a little more practical, but the technology is cool, and it will provide a long term solution to keeping an eye on the bad guys.

Army’s Giant Spy Blimp Soars Over Jersey Shore in First Flight
By David Axe

On Tuesday, not far from the beaches of New Jersey, was a sight hundreds of millions of dollars and years of development in the making: the Army’s football-field-size robot spy blimp took to the air for the first time at a military base in Lakehurst. The 90-minute flight of the Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), manufactured by U.K. firm Hybrid Air Vehicles and U.S. aerospace giant Northrop Grumman and allegedly captured in the video above, is only the beginning of a months-long test program; the lighter-than-air ship won’t head to a warzone until next year at the earliest. But it’s still important news. For years, the Pentagon has tried and failed to get next-generation airships off the ground. No longer.

“The first flight primary objective was to perform a safe launch and recovery with a secondary objective to verify the flight control system operation,” Army spokesman John Cummings said in a statement. “Additional first flight objectives included airworthiness testing and demonstration, and system level performance verification.”


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