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The Army Super Blimp

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Altaris, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Altaris

    Altaris

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  2. youngdocglock

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    With all the technology we have. NASA....space programs, drones.........the army decided to revert to 1938 and make a blimp......A BLIMP!..........thought the world learned their lesson after the Hindenburg......im glad i pay taxes :lookup:
     

  3. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Ol brother, and I thought my helo was a slow moving target. :faint:
     
  4. GRIMLET

    GRIMLET Deceased

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    Considering the fine optical equipment these days I doubt you would even be able to see this blimp.

    What is the max height a blimp can operate? I don't know. I bet someone here does.

    Y'all are tweaked about a blimp but NYC just teamed with Microsoft to have a near continuous video feed with some playback for their city. Its coming to a town near you soon. Hahhhaaa

    Its Gattica! Don't leave the house. Hahhahha
     
  5. Hauptmann6

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    It's hard to shoot at something that's 20,000 feet up.

    Makes perfect sense to me, ultra long endurance. Slow enough to stay in an area for the entire time etc. Watching the borders and sea lanes in is another very good task for it.
     
  6. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

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    If we didn't try new ideas or new takes on old ideas we would still be fielding committee of safety muskets and wearing wool uniforms.

    Runner! Runner, take a message and don't spare the horse!
     
  7. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

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    Blimps...

    1. Don't have to be manned
    2. Can carry a ****load of payload, relative to the energy required to deploy it
    3. Once in "orbit", does not require a lot of energy to maintain it's position, or move
    4. Yes, there are multiple drawbacks.
     
  8. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

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    Well, looks like the old Helium Reserve has a purpose after all...

    Oh the Humanity!
     
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    686Owner NRA Life Member

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    You realize that the Hindenburg used hydrogen and blimps now use helium which is not combustable right?
     
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    Patchman Florist

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    As a result of 9/11, after NYC's cellphone services were overwhelmed that even .gov people had no communication available, NYC.gov got their own (ie: was gifted) communication satellite.

    The same with D.C. and L.A.
     
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  11. Patchman

    Patchman Florist

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    I never understood this "helium reserve" thing. They can always make more-unless that's also been outsourced to China!
     
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    Big Bird NRA Life Member

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    You obviously don't understand the concept of "pork."
     
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    Patchman Florist

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    I love "pork."

    Pork chops with apple sauce or mushu pork? :supergrin: :wavey:
     
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    We have a drone!!!!!!
     
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    Could you bring it down with one of those shoulder things that go up?
     
  16. larry_minn

    larry_minn Silver Member Millennium Member

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    There is a shortage of Helium right now. It has many uses (other then party ballons)
    Far as shooting it. Lets say 10k feet up. Not sure what would reach 10k in firearm. Even if you could get a bullet that high how could you dope windes. They can change 90 degrees in thousand feet. Temp/pressure changes. Gravity.... Then the results. A 30 bal bullet wouldn't put much of a hole.. I would assume it might be worthwhile to put solar panels? electric motors to keep station, unmanned. It might be able to stay up for days.
     
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    SPIN2010 Searching ...

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    Hmmm ... sounds like a nice homemade 5 stage liquid propelled rocket with a guidance system (cell phone cam and servo fin steer) might put a dent in a blimp at 10-20K of altitude.

    Those old steel sweeper tubes make fine rockets. :supergrin:
     
  18. The Machinist

    The Machinist Please! Please! No more!

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    The answer is obvious: We leave the guns sheathed, and use Archimedes' Death Ray!

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    airmotive Tin Kicker

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    (wait until he finds out the Air Force is reverting to 1903 technology and using airplanes..AIRPLANES! I thought the world learned their lesson after the Wright Type B.)

    In all honesty, lighter than air is a great way to fly. Shoot at the thing all day long...you poke holes in it. It doesn't really care. Poke big holes in it, and it flies somewhere else and makes a controlled landing. Poke REALLY BIG holes in it, and it makes a slow decent while the crew bales out.
    And they can carry a metric **** ton of stuff. Picture if you will, a Specter Gunship...except the gunship carries 50 miniguns and cannons and can loiter over a target for a week.
     
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    In high school, not only is algebra important, so is chemistry...