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Old 05-22-2011, 03:08 AM   #1
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I do not believe that, as the sign says, this is only used for tethered weather research.



Ask me sometime about how I went right in through the open gate and what a ruckus that caused. Dang !
Then let's talk about brandishing firearms ! ? .
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:55 AM   #2
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There's a similar aircraft down in the Florida Keys. I was told it is used to watch for things like drug traffic. Could be for weather I suppose? vic
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They're called Aerostats. The large fairing or canoe mounted on the bottom is for the Radar system. They have many uses - mostly surveillance - boats, aircraft, missiles, Sprinters...
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Old 05-22-2011, 04:47 AM   #4
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This is probably one of the TARS aerostats. See this link: http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/...Borders-04973/

Technically NOAA fields these and gathers the data (which does include weather data), but the data is used by many federal agencies.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:56 PM   #5
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Ask me sometime about how I went right in through the open gate and what a ruckus that caused. Dang !
Then let's talk about brandishing firearms ! ?

.....Though open gates appear inviting, approaching any completely unmarked craft without first clearing such is highly inadvisable, as you've discovered.
.....Said advice unheeded, a Kevlar vest may help.



.....Yea, verily: surveillance. 24/7

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.....Though open gates appear inviting, approaching any completely unmarked craft without first clearing such is highly inadvisable, as you've discovered.

Keep the fear alive, eh?

What happened to our "freedoms"?

It has no apparent motive power, so it's not mobile. The huge tail confirms that it's designed for tethered use. That and the huge ventral bulge points to surveillance as its prime use. Weather? I doubt it. You're not going to learn much about the weather by looking down and the tether would limit its altitude. Weather balloons work the troposphere and higher.
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:52 PM   #7
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going where no sprinter has gone before eh?

dont get shot dude.
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Just curious. Were there any signs stating "no photography, punishable under federal law"?
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:48 AM   #9
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They didn't seem to mind photography but they did mind me driving right in to pose Sallie next to the big balloon.

I guess I should say that the gate was, in fact, broken and stuck in the full open position.
Oh, and there were a few discouraging signs too, but I didn't have time to fuss with that.

And so, a fun time was had by all.
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