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Army tests spy blimp over New Jersey

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posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 02:55 PM
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Army tests spy blimp over New Jersey


www.philly.com

The Army has followed the Navy in testing a new generation of blimps at the New Jersey military base where the Hindenberg infamously burst into flames in 1937.
The Army's $517 million spy blimp - a high-altitude observation platform, according to the manufacturer - had its maiden flight Tuesday at Ocean County's Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (See video: ow.ly...)

The Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, a 302-foot dirigible, can be manned or remote-controlled, accordin
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posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 02:55 PM
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As if domestic drones weren't enough, but spy blimps too?

As a Canadian this doesn't directly affect me but we are never far behind the Americans when it comes to this type of technology and the methods in which they are used.

Sure, these blimps may have some useful purposes but I can see the organizations involved using them for sinister purposes such as spying on regular law abiding citizens while putting the fear of "Big Brother is watching" in our heads to make sure we stay good little sheeple.

Personally I am against this type of around the clock surveillance on every aspect of our lives.

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posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:09 PM
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Its hardly spy material when you can see it from miles away but as a platform to monitor people/wifi/mobile signals and out of general firing range it could be a very nice tool especially if you give it a local spray job so it looks like its supporting a local team



posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:11 PM
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It can still spy on you even though you can see it.

Just saying.

Just think of it as a floating surveillance camera equipped with a whole lot of gadgets



posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:21 PM
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Just a little more background for your OP.

www.abovetopsecret.com...

It took them quite a while to get this thing in the air....



posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:26 PM
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Since this has no credible use in overseas combat I can only assume it is for watching us.

Why is our military watching us?



posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:31 PM
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Thanks for the link


According to your link it was supposed to launch in early June not including the prior delays, so there obviously were some issues that I was not aware of. I also was not aware that it may be considered for use in Afghanistan so that is certainly intersting news as well. I wonder how peeved the Army would be if the Afghans managed to blow this thing out of the sky. It comes with quite a hefty price tag.

Off topic: I would have included your thread in the related threads portion of my OP but it did not come up in my search, so once again thank you for contributing.



posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:34 PM
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I also believe that the overall plan for these is to be used domestically since as you said it would not make too much sense to use these over seas.

As for why your government is spying on you, I can think of plenty of reasons, most of them I cannot justify.



posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:38 PM
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That's just the thing, they will find a way to bring this thing down.

The handmade rockets HAMAS is firing into Israel are pretty high tech, and that thing presents a very big target.

Bringing down an A-10 or an Apache is one thing, but as we've seen before slow moving aircraft like Chinook's and C-130's can be brought down.

If they deploy this thing it's not coming home.

On the bright side, the arabs can make a lot of tents out of it.
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posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 03:47 PM
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I knew it, be ready to see Zeplins in the sky all over the world, Zeplins are coming back in a big way. I have noticed this while watching lots of TV shows, films and pictures, they have been introducing them for years Fringe the TV series being the biggest promoter.

I refuse to call them blimps, what a stupid name.
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posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 04:18 PM
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Originally posted by AGWskeptic
Since this has no credible use in overseas combat I can only assume it is for watching us.


Why on earth do you thnik it would have no credible use in overseas combat???


Can you not think of any reason why a military might find a long endurance surveillance platform useful?? none at all???

If not then here's a hint aobut the rationale for the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle on wiki


While reconnaissance can be undertaken by fighter aircraft, the costs involved ($10,000–20,000 per hour plus an additional $10,000 or so per flight hour in recapitalization costs) make an airship extremely cost-effective.[3]

Helicopters are more affordable than their fighter equivalent, and can intervene like fighters if weapons are needed, but they are noisy and vulnerable, have very low endurance, and are still not cheap to operate.[3]

Hybrid airships can operate from any small forward base, like a helicopter. Their operating cost is likely to be better than any other surveillance option, and so is their endurance, which can be measured in weeks.[3] The LEMV requires no less than 1000' of runway and requires a tether point with 360 degrees of 300' smooth area to park, which restricts them from operating at most large bases and all small bases.

They can serve as steady communications relays, for instance, ensuring the groups of soldiers in mountainous areas never lose contact with one another, even if they don’t have direct line of sight to each other.[3]

They can track important convoys, key roadways, or other key infrastructure as semi-permanent overwatch escorts, monitor an urban area of interest to prep for major battles or enforce security, or focus on shutting down border chokepoints.[3]





Why is our military watching us?


Perhaps you should assume less and do just a smidgen of research before leaping to dubious conclusions??

It is slated to be deployed to Afghanistan in 2013........AFAIK it won't be syping on you from there

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posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 11:23 AM
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Originally posted by Corruption Exposed

As if domestic drones weren't enough, but spy blimps too?

As a Canadian this doesn't directly affect me but we are never far behind the Americans when it comes to this type of technology and the methods in which they are used.


I'm sure the Canadian Army is using Canadian Geese with mounted cameras on them to spy on us. We are kind of behind in technology compared to the US.


Hence why it is illegal to shoot/kill a Canadian goose. Those are Canada's version of a drone spy plane

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posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 11:26 AM
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I wonder how much wasted tax payer's money was spent on that blimp...wow, and the people have no say in its use. [snip] deal

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posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 11:39 AM
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Originally posted by Skywatcher2011
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I wonder how much wasted tax payer's money was spent on that blimp...wow, and the people have no say in its use. [snip] deal


Between 500 and 550 million.... but that's just the cost of the airship.

((and please don't circumvent the language filter... no matter how crappy the deal is.
))
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posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 12:32 PM
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Sounds like it is a slow moving easy to hit target. Shrugs, maybe someone will bring it down.

Oh BTW, just saying.



posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 10:36 PM
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How does the USA being in such a debt, last I heard they were in like 15 TRILLION DOLLARS LOL deficit and counting but yet they spend 517 million dollars to spy on their own people WTF Seriously WTF ?? and how many other projects in the midst like smart dust or nano technology or many of the other projects in the making?
Just crazy imo how a nation can be in so much debt but it means nothing # the federal reserve just lost 9 trillion dollars it toltally blows my mind seeing how this Inspector General deals with the questions at hand just shows how phoney money really is, it really only matters to us citezens



posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 10:45 PM
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..... the federal reserve just lost 9 trillion dollars it toltally blows my mind seeing how this Inspector General deals with the questions at hand....


That is not a good way to express it because technically, the 9 trillion didn't simply 'vanish'... here's a good thread to hear the debate on the "9 Trillion": www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Aug, 10 2012 @ 10:48 PM
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Originally posted by Maxmars
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..... the federal reserve just lost 9 trillion dollars it toltally blows my mind seeing how this Inspector General deals with the questions at hand....


That is not a good way to express it because technically, the 9 trillion didn't simply 'vanish'... here's a good thread to hear the debate on the "9 Trillion": www.abovetopsecret.com...


Why thank you.
I will have a look in abit I would like to learn more about this as I just heard about searching youtube.



posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 01:19 AM
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Nice to see you pulling out of the whole Iran discussion finally....

...but you're about a two hundred years late. Blimps have been used for spying since the Civil War and beyond.



posted on Aug, 11 2012 @ 01:47 AM
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you can bet that these guys will be intercepting cellphone/internet net traffic



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