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The blimp was to take off from Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay for a routine patrol.
The Aerial Media Group now includes blimps, in addition to its fixed-wing planes flying aerial banners.
A surface vessel sent weather information to the blimps along this route.
It felt as if we were being sucked into the back of our seats as the blimp climbed upward.
The blimp did plenty to generate product awareness in the towns across the South.
Are there challenges to flying a blimp in this kind of a structure?
Snoopy Three is decaled with celebratory artwork and the slogan, "Celebrating 20 Years of the MetLife Blimp."
Shearer points out that retailers can benefit from integrating their store logos on the 360 OTC blimp's multimedia screen, its NASCAR Nextel Cup car and its national network and cable TV commercials.
When complete, the surveillance blimp will send information from an altitude of about 100,000 feet above sea level, according to its developers at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.
"Height, endurance, maneuverability and stealth are key to good aerial reconnaissance," said Glenn Beach of the American Blimp Corp.
Though the blimp can carry any number of sensor payloads, the one used for this demonstration was an integrated multisensor package that included a FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) next-generation, forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor, according to Wallace Miller, ARINC's senior director of international development.
* Heavy-lift blimp loads, takes off, and hovers: smaller UAVs airdrop and return.