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Photo of the Day: Blimp Over Reston

by Karen Goff — November 26, 2013 at 9:00 am 3 Comments

Blimp flying over Reston

Did you see this flying overhead? On Monday, Reston Now finally saw the blimp residents have been buzzing about.

Several times in the last week, the U.S. Navy blimp has been seen flying over Reston.  According to CBS13 in Baltimore, the blimp has been over the region since September.

The 200-foot blimp is a government research airship conducting aerial mapping. It began roaming above the D.C. area on Sept. 21 and can remain stationary for more than 12 hours. The blimp is mapping in the flight restriction zones around Washington, D.C. It includes places like the Department of Agriculture and some of  the major airports like BWI and Washington Dulles, CBS13 reports.

  • Freedom

    It is a mapping mission. Has been in the news for weeks (starting before the government shutdown). Question is, with a $17 billion debt, why is the Navy flying an expensive blimp for aerial mapping when it is more cost effective to use a private aerial photo firm and UAVs are coming into the market?

    • Karen Goff

      Thanks! I knew someone with more government intel would know the answer. Also a good question about whether this is cost effective.

    • 44alexandria44

      Freedom
      You pose an excellent question!!!

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