There is NOT a military blimp on the loose

Despite widespread but incorrect reports of a “military blimp” on the loose, the JLENS balloon that broke free from its tether is not a blimp.

Military_blimp_comes_loose_in_Maryland__monitored_by_fighter_jets_over_Pennsylvania_-_CBS_News

A blimp is a powered, steerable lighter-than-air vessel. JLENS is an aerostat; a tethered balloon that is neither powered nor steerable.

Like any other helium balloon, if the string breaks, it just floats away.

The headlines are simply wrong.

BREAKING__US_Military_Blimp_Loose___

Airships, Dirigibles, Zeppelins, & Blimps: What’s the Difference?

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

4 Comments on "There is NOT a military blimp on the loose"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Stuart

I guess accuracy in news reporting has taken a distant back seat to sensationalism and political opinion. Calling this thing a blimp is like calling a 787 a kite.

Dagmara Lizlovs

Just get enough wind and it will be a kite just like this 747:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHhZwvdRR5c

Or this 747 in a typhoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKAptEdVnfk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uym4ePeGuW0

🙂 🙂

Dagmara Lizlovs

Not the first time this has happened:

http://nextimpulsesports.com/2014/04/28/budweisers-giant-goal-light-blimp-loose-canada/

Another occasion for juvenile journalism:

http://gawker.com/gigantic-unmanned-military-blimp-on-the-loose-outside-b-1739217483

Then I overheard one of our younger engineers make a remark about “flammable helium”. . .

J. James

They should use this as an impetus to kill the program once and for all. It has been nothing but a waste of money and an embarrassment for LTA, even though it barely qualifies as such.

wpDiscuz