Photos: Airships on the fly

Photos: Airships on the fly

Summary: A sky telescope, extrawide-screen floating monitors and wireless tower replacements are some of the new ideas for airships.

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  • Aerover Blimp

    The Aerobe blimp may never make it beyond the drawing board, but scientists are seriously considering using it to fly over uncharted planets and over moons that contain atmospheres--such as Mars, or Saturn's Titan. The model would be about 33 feet long and filled with helium. The blimp would have a propeller, which would let it move at about six miles per hour, and it would also have wheels that would let it land if necessary.

  • Aerostat

    Lockheed Martin developed this high-altitude 56,000-cubic-foot tethered aerostat surveillance system for deployment in Iraq. The aerostats, equipped with various sensors, will provide a persistent surveillance capability for the defense of ground forces and high-value assets in Baghdad.

  • Combat SkySat

    The military is currently testing the use of small, inexpensive balloons to increase communications range. In combat areas, radios now have a range of 10 miles, but balloons could extend that to about 400 miles.

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