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01/22/2007 11:16 PM ID: 59695 Permalink   

Lockheed Martin to Build High Altitude Airship


Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $40 million contract to begin designing and constructing several high altitude airships over the next decade.

The airships, which can float up to 12 miles above the Earth and keep watch on up to 600 miles of the US countryside at any given time, are 17-times larger than the Goodyear rendition that is often seen floating above national sporting events.

The HAA prototype will be built for the US Department of Homeland Security, who is expecting to equip the finished product with one or more high-resolution cameras capable of capturing everything "between Toledo, Ohio and New York City."

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  Permanent watch dogs  
gotta make your skin crawl about being spy'd on by your own government.
  by: ssxxxssssss   01/22/2007 11:39 PM     
And I really dislike it when people say "if you have nothing to fear you won't care" - which is a complete load of crap, and not even the point. I don't have anything to fear, but sometimes you just want to be alone - poor wording, but I hope you understand what I mean.
  by: NicPre     01/22/2007 11:42 PM     
  by: Chainzsaw   01/22/2007 11:46 PM     
What a waist of money.... oh well. Maybe if we have airships we could find Obama.
  by: steme   01/23/2007 12:03 AM     
Dear god tell me you said 'Obama' purposely, ugh.
  by: NicPre     01/23/2007 12:08 AM     
  waste of money  
don't they already have satellites that do this sort of thing? seems homeland security is wasting money to keep themselves employed unless these airships will actually have weapons capabilities, making their purpose different than spy satellites.
  by: ManilaRyce     01/23/2007 12:10 AM     
  by: caution2     01/23/2007 12:51 AM     
Lawl. Seriously.
  by: vanillaskye   01/23/2007 03:03 AM     
When's the victory gin going in production?
  by: Mr-Anderson   01/23/2007 04:03 AM     
stay inside and they won't be able to see you.
  by: datsuncaptain1     01/23/2007 05:46 AM     
Victory Gin Is double Plus good
  by: tiggyfiggy   01/23/2007 01:51 PM     
That's one more plus than the national average.. I smell a traitor, charge him with overenthusiastic patriotism! You think by cheering louder you'd cover your tracks as a spy eh? j/k :() lol.
  by: Mr-Anderson   01/23/2007 02:17 PM     
  Wouldn't this be equivalent to ....  
illegal search? Granted it is a hands off approach, but, I was under the impression that we have laws against spying on U.S. citizens.
If this project gets finished, may as well just give me a bar code tattoo and a Digital Angel(tm) microchip implant to just finish the scenario. Already working on the national ID, will be under the guise of a federal health care card, all US citizens will be required to have one(according to recent drafts of the proposed federal health care plan,the intent is to make it illegal not to be insured). Let's not even get into the digital passport.

Yup time to move outta here, anyone have any good ideas where citizenship is actually attainable? Canada and Australia are looking really good to me at the moment.
  by: netwerk     01/23/2007 02:38 PM     
  17 times larger  
Thats a lot larger than even the big zeppelins from the early 20th century. I think the idea of using this for homeland security is a bit stupid. Would be cool to see these put into commercial use for passengers and the like. Isn't every day you see a big zeppelin floating by.
  by: slavefortheman     01/23/2007 07:16 PM     
Now that's what I'd call the scenic route.
  by: StarShadow     01/23/2007 07:28 PM     
  It IS illegal  
to use space-based collection assets to watch the US unless it's for a very good reason. No such restrictions exist for airborne platforms.
  by: japh   01/24/2007 04:58 PM     
  i wonder  
is this wise in a country with so many unsatisfied residents who own guns?
  by: pornohippy   01/24/2007 09:20 PM     
As long as they use them to provide internet access, I say do it.
  by: insomniac84   01/25/2007 05:21 AM     
12 miles up (60-75,000 ft.) is out of the range of any handheld weapon. Out of air traffic's way, too. Guess they worry about Chinese satelite killers. I don't much like it.
  by: LeePIII   01/25/2007 07:45 PM     
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