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(Baltimore Sun)   "The Army is planning to launch a pair of blimps over Maryland this fall to watch the Eastern Seaboard for incoming cruise missiles." Wait, What?   (baltimoresun.com) divider line 46
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2014-06-22 12:17:27 AM  
couldnt someone fly their little quadcopter over to the blimp and check it for cameras ??
lol
 
2014-06-22 12:34:26 AM  

Woot!

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2014-06-22 12:36:09 AM  
November 8, 2010. California coast. Somebody proved they could get there undetected.

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2014-06-22 12:45:24 AM  
fta "It's designed to be a system that can surveil a large area," said Ginger McCall, an attorney for the Washington-based center. "That would have profound implications for the way that people would choose to live their lives."

T'hell with that. You want to spy on my hot tub, be prepared to see dangly bits.
 
2014-06-22 12:46:58 AM  
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2014-06-22 12:48:04 AM  
Don't we have satellites for that?
 
2014-06-22 01:03:01 AM  

Mugato: Don't we have satellites for that?


blimps are infinitely cheaper ...
 
2014-06-22 01:03:59 AM  

Mugato: Don't we have satellites for that?


Space-based radar? Yeah, it exists. Where's MH370?
 
2014-06-22 01:36:26 AM  

Mugato: Don't we have satellites for that?


Ballistic missiles, yes.

Cruise missiles, not so much.
 
2014-06-22 01:41:47 AM  
I, too, like to put some words in bold.
 
2014-06-22 02:44:16 AM  

Triumph: Mugato: Don't we have satellites for that?

Space-based radar? Yeah, it exists. Where's MH370?


IF ONLY people understood horizon.
 
2014-06-22 02:50:26 AM  
Why bother?
They're building a giant ferris wheel in NYC.

Utilize it, and call it a day.

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2014-06-22 03:28:32 AM  
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2014-06-22 03:36:16 AM  
Old news is new to people who don't keep up with high tech.
 
2014-06-22 03:38:15 AM  
So people are supposed to trust that these things will just be used to integrate into a larger radar missile defense system and not for the purpose of spying on Americans with a live video feed?

That kind of trust is hard to come by these days. Glad the ACLU is keeping an eye on this.
 
2014-06-22 03:44:30 AM  
well, russians have been testing our borders for the last 4 years.  Also, there have been alot of ICBM tests by them.   Glad to see that they are expanding and racing against THEM again.
 
2014-06-22 03:46:54 AM  

quatchi: So people are supposed to trust that these things will just be used to integrate into a larger radar missile defense system and not for the purpose of spying on Americans with a live video feed?

That kind of trust is hard to come by these days. Glad the ACLU is keeping an eye on this.


Without going into specifics, the 360 degree live video feed on an Aerostat blimp is amazing. Of course they're going to use it to spy on Americans. The whole program was pretty much designed to spy on Iraqis and Afghans, and is really good at it.
 
2014-06-22 04:04:35 AM  
Seems far fetched to even have a threat like that anymore.

Unless the blimps have some hidden capability, I doubt anything done by a civilian could even show up on their radar.  Well, I guess people with private helicopters might have their movements tracked, but I think they're looking for faster moving aircraft.

Still, I think it's politically impossible for such a cruise missile attack to happen.
 
2014-06-22 04:15:26 AM  
Who is milking the government with this retarded contract?
 
2014-06-22 04:30:38 AM  
Hopefully these blimps, along with their crew, are vaporized in the air.
 
2014-06-22 04:47:33 AM  

Phil Moskowitz: Who is milking the government with this retarded contract?


Raytheon.
 
2014-06-22 04:56:28 AM  
Government uses war-developed technology domestically.

Must be Tuesday
 
2014-06-22 04:57:13 AM  

quatchi: Phil Moskowitz: Who is milking the government with this retarded contract?

Raytheon.


Yeah, I saw that and wondered if that company is showered just on spec with money by The Pentagon to develop what ever random thoughts that might come to them in a fever dream.
 
2014-06-22 05:31:49 AM  

THIS WILL ALL END IN TEARS. I JUST KNOW IT...



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2014-06-22 05:33:44 AM  

Dahnkster: THIS WILL ALL END IN TEARS. I JUST KNOW IT...

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Heh.. my family watched that film yesterday morning, with my 90 year old grandmother seeing it for the first time.
 
2014-06-22 05:45:14 AM  
The Army is planning to launch a pair of blimps over Maryland this fall to watch the Eastern Seaboard for incoming cruise missiles

Finally there is a use for politicians.
 
2014-06-22 05:58:38 AM  

Dahnkster: THIS WILL ALL END IN TEARS. I JUST KNOW IT...

[www.trbimg.com image 258x388][www.r2kt.com image 300x400]


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See. This is why I still love Fark. Right there.
 
2014-06-22 05:59:14 AM  
" That means they can cover an area from North Carolina to the Canadian border."

Well, now that the enemy knows to shoot between South Carolina and Florida....
 
2014-06-22 06:19:07 AM  

dobro: " That means they can cover an area from North Carolina to the Canadian border."

Well, now that the enemy knows to shoot between South Carolina and Florida....


I see that as a win-win
 
2014-06-22 06:47:43 AM  

Mugato: Don't we have satellites for that?


Sorry. They are both currently being used by Univision for World Cup coverage...


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GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!

 
2014-06-22 07:18:05 AM  
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( [OBAMA'S A PIMP])
 
2014-06-22 07:26:56 AM  

taurusowner: quatchi: So people are supposed to trust that these things will just be used to integrate into a larger radar missile defense system and not for the purpose of spying on Americans with a live video feed?

That kind of trust is hard to come by these days. Glad the ACLU is keeping an eye on this.

Without going into specifics, the 360 degree live video feed on an Aerostat blimp is amazing. Of course they're going to use it to spy on Americans. The whole program was pretty much designed to spy on Iraqis and Afghans, and is really good at it.


They didn't see this whole ISIS thing coming?
 
2014-06-22 07:49:00 AM  

Farty McPooPants: taurusowner: quatchi: So people are supposed to trust that these things will just be used to integrate into a larger radar missile defense system and not for the purpose of spying on Americans with a live video feed?

That kind of trust is hard to come by these days. Glad the ACLU is keeping an eye on this.

Without going into specifics, the 360 degree live video feed on an Aerostat blimp is amazing. Of course they're going to use it to spy on Americans. The whole program was pretty much designed to spy on Iraqis and Afghans, and is really good at it.

They didn't see this whole ISIS thing coming?


It's harder to spy on Iraqis and Afghans - more rights, you see.
 
2014-06-22 07:53:15 AM  
Or enemy biplanes?
 
2014-06-22 08:12:27 AM  
This thread is about two-thirds derp. I'm disappointed in Fark today.
 
2014-06-22 08:32:33 AM  
How's the helium reserve?
 
2014-06-22 08:47:47 AM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: This thread is about two-thirds derp. I'm disappointed in Fark today.


This thread?  Or the one below it?
 
2014-06-22 08:48:25 AM  
The paranoia in this thread is just a bit over-the-top.

For those of you who don't live on the east coast, you probably don't know that we have air which is highly "optically variable", especially from 2 miles up. Anybody proposing to spy on residents from that altitude is running a fool's errand -- there are plenty of cheaper methods which produce higher quality results. On the other hand, an aerostat is an ideal place from which to surveill radar targets.
 
2014-06-22 09:11:28 AM  
The correct term is aerostat. And I should be able to see the tether from my work.

Expect a lot of the technology developed from the war to come back and be repurposed. Because we bought all this shiat, might as well use it.
 
2014-06-22 09:13:05 AM  
There's no truth to that rumor.


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2014-06-22 09:40:17 AM  
Blimps are terrible!
 
2014-06-22 10:05:08 AM  
They've had these along the border for years. Supposedly they can track people walking on the ground not just aircraft.
 
2014-06-22 12:10:51 PM  
And how much is this colossal waste going to cost?

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." - Dwight Eisenhower
 
2014-06-22 01:01:26 PM  
During WWII, we had powered blimps patrolling both coasts looking for enemy submarines. So, not a new idea.
 
2014-06-22 05:16:11 PM  
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2014-06-22 07:32:13 PM  
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