Army’s blimp-like airships get East Coast test
December 17, 2014
By DAVID DISHNEAU / AP
U.S. Air Force Col. William Pitts stands in front of an unmanned aerostat on Dec. 17, 2014, in Middle River, Md. /Patrick Semansky/AP
The radar-toting vehicle will be launched next week as part of a three-year test of the system at Aberdeen Proving Ground, about 25 miles northeast of Baltimore.
When fully deployed next spring, the system will feature two, unmanned, helium-filled aerostats, tethered to concrete pads 4 miles apart. They’ll float at an altitude of 10,000 feet, about one-third as high as a commercial airliner’s cruising altitude.
One balloon will continuously scan in a circle from upstate New York to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and as far west as central Ohio. The other will carry precision radar to help the military on the ground to pinpoint targets.
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