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Donít Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps
national journal ^ | July 26 2013 | Brian Resnick

Posted on 07/26/2013 10:07:48 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey

Don’t Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps Hovering Over D.C. They’re Here to Stop Cruise Missiles

If America is attacked, we might be saved by blimps. No, not state-of-the-art jet fighters that can fly well beyond the speed of sound. But blimps: lumbering, relatively jovial blimps—the manatees of aviation. Within a year, a pair of souped-up $2.7 billion blimps (price includes R&D) will be floated 10,000 feet above the District of Columbia and act as a 340-mile-wide eye in the sky, detecting incoming missiles and the like.

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TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: biimp; drones
2.7 BILLION Dollars for a Blimp??
1 posted on 07/26/2013 10:07:48 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey
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To: MeshugeMikey
2.7 BILLION Dollars for a Blimp??

Only if it was a 2 for 1 sale. It says a 'pair' of blimps.

2 posted on 07/26/2013 10:10:40 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: MeshugeMikey

First thing that came to mind was the squirrel bomb in Caddy Shack -

nevermind this - doctor’s orders.


3 posted on 07/26/2013 10:10:59 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MeshugeMikey

If the cameras and capabilities were only pointed UPWARDS there might not be a concern. But it might be too dern convenient to waste such a platform by not installing downward facing sensors or cameras. Don.t be fooled by the missle shield talk... those will have but one, single purpose.


4 posted on 07/26/2013 10:11:21 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

In DC it’s the youts that will get you, not the jihadists.


5 posted on 07/26/2013 10:11:48 AM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: MeshugeMikey
Brian Resnick is a staff writer at National Journal. Before joining, Brian spent a year at The Atlantic as a fellow, where he produced content and wrote for TheAtlantic.com. In addition to The Atlantic, his writing has been featured in Popular Mechanics and The News Journal, Delaware's main daily newspaper. Brian graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2011 with a B.A. in psychology. In college, he served as a managing editor for the student newspaper, The Review, and received the E.A Nickerson award for excellence in journalism. He comes from Long Island, New York.

Not a rocket scientist.

6 posted on 07/26/2013 10:13:26 AM PDT by McGruff (I need a new party.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Ummm, don’t we already have multiple multi-$Billion satellites in low-Earth orbit for the same thing??

Something’s not passing the smell test.


7 posted on 07/26/2013 10:21:08 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: MeshugeMikey

All that’s needed to defeat these blimps is one of the D.C. areas notorious thunderstorms.


8 posted on 07/26/2013 10:25:28 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: MeshugeMikey

How oh how did we ever survive without them?

Incoming missles my achin azz...Well they say they can see NC from there: hey look at THIS!!
Smarmy bass turds.


9 posted on 07/26/2013 10:29:38 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: UCANSEE2

So it was a BOGO? I like BOGO’s!


10 posted on 07/26/2013 10:31:06 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Adder

Anyone who believes these blimps are here to spoy Cruise missiles is a damned fool and I have a bunch of valuable stuff in my garage I would love to sell them.

Why use drones to spy on Americans when we have blimps.


11 posted on 07/26/2013 10:32:11 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: MeshugeMikey
Where's OURS??? We as American Citizens need to demand our blimps as well!!!

2 Billion for DC, not a penny for the heartland...

12 posted on 07/26/2013 10:39:58 AM PDT by Errant
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To: MeshugeMikey

We need to choke off the money to DC so they don’t have the ability to fool around with this stuff.


13 posted on 07/26/2013 10:41:03 AM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: MeshugeMikey

Oh, the humanity.

14 posted on 07/26/2013 10:42:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MeshugeMikey
a 340-mile-wide eye in the sky.

Not an eye ON the sky. More likely an eye on the people, you know, just to facially recognize them at all times.

15 posted on 07/26/2013 10:45:10 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: MeshugeMikey

There are surveillance blimps down in the Florida Keys. I would think those are about drug smuggling. Anyone familiar with these?


16 posted on 07/26/2013 10:50:29 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Sirius Lee

17 posted on 07/26/2013 10:52:50 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Sirius Lee

they’re looking for the “OH look at The Cool Bimp response”

modern “looking drones” likely suspect

Pld Fashioned Blimps....”not so much”


18 posted on 07/26/2013 10:53:54 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: cornfedcowboy

Yea, and one in Texas... I believe they’ve been removed or were in the process of doing so.


19 posted on 07/26/2013 10:53:58 AM PDT by Errant
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To: UCANSEE2

a pair of souped-up $2.7 billion blimps

Im guessing..that means per blimp pricing


20 posted on 07/26/2013 10:55:00 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: Errant

BLIMPS for THE PEOPLE!!


21 posted on 07/26/2013 10:56:23 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: i_robot73
Ummm, don’t we already have multiple multi-$Billion satellites in low-Earth orbit for the same thing??

Can't detect low-flying cruise missiles in real time with them.

Despite the nonsense you see in the movies, with a low-earth satellite at best for any given spot on the ground you get a brief (minutes long) look at it every few days. Even a huge number of satellites still only allows you to see a given area part of a day. You don't get a continuous movie.

22 posted on 07/26/2013 10:57:03 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Adder

the WWII blimps cost what?


23 posted on 07/26/2013 10:57:05 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: Adder
Incoming missles my achin azz...

There are a number of potentially hostile countries that could easily strike DC with sea-launched cruise missiles. Our existing radars and satellites have limited to no capability to detect them.

I keep forgetting we're not supposed to care about National Security on FR, though, anymore.

24 posted on 07/26/2013 10:58:55 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: MeshugeMikey
2.7 BILLION Dollars for a Blimp??

Most of the money is for the extremely sophisticated sensors (radars, etc.) and the communications gear to transmit that information, not the Blimp itself, of course.

25 posted on 07/26/2013 10:59:47 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: MeshugeMikey

huh.....this isn’t a Candy Crowley thread....


26 posted on 07/26/2013 11:11:54 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Strategerist

‘They’ could re-coup some of the $$ by using them as sightseeing tours and/or placing ads on them.


27 posted on 07/26/2013 11:15:20 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: MeshugeMikey

$500,000 for each blimp itself, $1.3 billion for the camera’s that can zoom in through the cracks in your blinds, and track your infrared through the walls.


28 posted on 07/26/2013 11:34:49 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
BLIMPS for THE PEOPLE!!

That's what I'm Sayin'...

We've already got enough Blimps in DC and NJ...

29 posted on 07/26/2013 11:35:08 AM PDT by Errant
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To: Strategerist

Cool now they can watch a cruise missile obliterate them real time.


30 posted on 07/26/2013 11:43:44 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Obviously the people in DC are getting very paranoid about citizens. One could wonder why.


31 posted on 07/26/2013 11:44:47 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Strategerist

After all the lies told by the fine folks in DC, excuse my cynicism.


32 posted on 07/26/2013 11:55:26 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

$2.7 BILLION blimps .... R&D?... blimps have existed for a century!

This is just getting insane


33 posted on 07/26/2013 11:58:01 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Strategerist
There are a number of potentially hostile countries that could easily strike DC with sea-launched cruise missiles. Our existing radars and satellites have limited to no capability to detect them.

Cruise missile #1 ---->>>> Slow, giant target blimp (like shooting fish in a barrel)
Cruise missile #2-n ---->>>> Whatever it damn well pleases

34 posted on 07/26/2013 12:44:29 PM PDT by MCH
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To: GeronL

fifty cents says they are Made In CHINA to boot

Bad Dog Food..

Bad Baby Food.

Bad Drywall..

Bad Toothpaste...

Bad Toy Trains, Bad Steel Bolts for BRIDGES...and Now da da DA.....Faulty Blimps.


35 posted on 07/26/2013 1:03:10 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I hope they crash on the White House and Capitol


36 posted on 07/26/2013 1:05:54 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: MrB
even the NAME is OUTLANDISH

Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, produced by Raytheon I
37 posted on 07/26/2013 1:10:47 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: GeronL
oDrama and the regime would be alerted and rushed to safety...

I have no real desire to see valuable architectural relics destroyed...

Its only a matter of a fairly short time until Hoodie boy is headed for the glue factory anyway




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38 posted on 07/26/2013 1:15:03 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: MeshugeMikey
There's been a huge blimp flying around over the Baltimore area the past couple of days. I saw it yesterday afternoon/evening over the west side of the beltway (695), and again this morning in the sky closer to downtown Baltimore.

There are earlier reports from February about a Raytheon surveillance blimp coming "soon" to Aberdeen Proving Grounds NE of Baltimore for testing, but I don't know if this is the same, or some commercial blimp. There were no obvious markings on the blimp (from a distance anyway), and I can't find any local DC/Baltimore report about these blimps and what they might be from the past couple of days.

Anyone know?

39 posted on 07/26/2013 1:15:13 PM PDT by MCH
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To: MeshugeMikey
Didn't we once cal these thing barrage ballons?

40 posted on 07/26/2013 1:42:05 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: MCH

Ive yet heard nothing regarding a blimps locale


41 posted on 07/26/2013 7:34:25 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: MeshugeMikey
"2.7 BILLION Dollars for a Blimp??”

Liberal blimps are very costly.


42 posted on 07/26/2013 10:42:19 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: clearcarbon

“Liberal blimps are very costly”

THAR HE BLOWS!


43 posted on 07/27/2013 7:16:06 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Macabre Crumpet of Caucasian Ethnicity)
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To: Strategerist

My ignorance is on full display, but I fail to see how such a missile could be launched ‘low-flying’ from the start. Wouldn’t it need ‘horizontal view’ to home-in correctly?

And what would the eye-in-the-sky give them in the fog-of-war in terms of reaction time? 5min? They couldn’t scramble jets fast enough to take own a 747 on 9/11, but a cruise missile is just fine?

Lastly, I find it troubling that they presume that D.C. is a target rich environment in need of ‘protecting’ but not ANY OTHER city of either seaboard. That, to me, implies those in D.C. deserve protecting more than any other Citizen of the U.S.A.


44 posted on 07/27/2013 8:13:39 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: cornfedcowboy

There is a tethered aerostat in the Florida Keys. It operates at around 13000 feet and is charted on aviation charts. A couple of years ago a pilot of a general aviation aircraft struck one of the tethering cables and crashed into the ground. The air space around DC is much more congested and, if these aerostats are launched in the DC area it will only be a matter of time before some pilot hits a cable.


45 posted on 07/27/2013 1:04:21 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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