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Re: Lighter-Than-Air UAV The Size Of A Football

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 12:32:49 -0300
Archived: Tue, 29 May 2012 06:27:09 -0400
Subject: Re: Lighter-Than-Air UAV The Size Of A Football

Meantime in the real world;

These have been coming for ten years but it looks like they will
finally get wide area disbursement within the next decade as
aero-engineering masters Heavy Than Air gas vehicles with real
lifting capability.No doubt every sighting from the 1800s until
now will be attributed to this yet-to-fly aircraft.


Army Airship Being Readied For Inaugural Flight
Lighter-Than-Air UAV The Size Of A Football Field
May Fly In The Next Two Weeks


U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman officials are hopeful that they
will be able to successfully fly a huge, unmanned airship over
Lakehurst, NJ in the next couple of weeks.

Called the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV), the
aircraft has been designed as a surveillance tool for the Army,
and its first flight is about a year behind schedule. But now
Wired magazine reports that K.C. Brown, the director of Army
programs for NGC, has said "We're about to fly the thing."

Military airships have been beset with problems ranging from
integration of the necessary equipment to undefined missions.
But Northrop Grummand and the Army say that the LEMV will
"redefine persistent surveillance."

The first flight profile calls for the $500 million 300-foot-
long airship to take a short flight around Lakehurst before
being flown to Tampa, FL, where it will be mated with a gondola
equipped with cameras and radio gear. From there, it will fly
across the Atlantic in "early winter" for a demonstration in an
unspecified "theater."

NGC says the LEMV can fill roles beyond surveillance. The
current model can carry up to 20 tons of cargo. Made larger,
they claim it could carry hundreds of tons at a cost far less
than a fixed-wing airplane. (Image courtesy Northrop Grumman)


Don Ledger

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