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Escaped multibillion-dollar military blimp lands in PA.

OMG, what is this doing flying over the Northeast? 20,000 people are without power.

Via Patch.com

The runaway blimp has reportedly landed after flying from its home base at Aberdeen Proving Ground to Pennsylvania Wednesday.

The blimp had reportedly landed outside Bloomsburg, Pa., WBAL reported just before 3 p.m.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) launched a pair of blimps over the past year to detect missiles, drones and rockets.

From their perch at 10,000 feet above sea level, they are intended to keep lookout for threats from New York to North Carolina to Ohio.

The aerostat was anchored to a cement pad by a tether, which broke at 11:54 a.m. on Wednesday, APG officials said.

Oh it only cost $2.7 billion of taxpayer dollars.

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United States Army Airship, Spy Blimp, long endurance multi-intelligence vehicle, or LEMV flying over Patriots Park,  Jaskson, New Jersey. Is it the first flight sighting over New Jersey?

A football-field-size airship with surveillance gear designed to do the work of a dozen drones. The LEMV will include the capability to operate at 20,000 feet above mean sea level, possess a 2,000 mile radius of action, have a 21-day on-station availability, consume 16 kilowatts of electrical power, have reduced flight-hour costs compared to manned flights, be runway-independent and possess the ability to carry several different sensors at the same time.

The agreement to develop the project was signed on June 14, 2010, between the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and Northrop Grumman.

The current model can carry 20 tons of supplies. A scaled-up version could carry hundreds of tons and at a fraction of the cost of fixed-wing airplanes.

The airship estimated cost between $154 million and $517 million.

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