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12 March 2009

Air Force Signs on to Darpa's All-Seeing Blimp

from Danger Room by Nathan Hodge

For years, the idea of super-sized blimp that could see a whole city at once seemed like something only Darpa, the military's far-out research arm, could love. Now, unexpectedly, the Air Force has signed on to the concept, as well.

Built around a giant, flexible antenna, the all-seeing airship -- dubbed ISIS, short for Integrated Sensor Is Structure -- would provide a God's-eye view of the battlefield in real time. In theory, it could spot a cruise missile hundreds of miles away, or track a group of insurgents on the ground.

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