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Length.... 482 feet.......Diameter.....153 feet.......Volume.....5 million cubic feet.......Pilots.....NONE

About Stratospheric Airship Program: The stratospheric airship offers a cost effective alternative to low earth orbit satellites. Aeros reports that the main advantages over the satellites are cost and payload recoverability. The concept is to station the unmanned airships at an altitude of 65,000 ft., (Boeing 747 cruises at 33,000 ft.) and remotely maneuver them in a geostationary position, (for months at a time). From that altitude the over the horizon capabilities are enhanced to make it an effective platform for radars and electro optical surveillance. Beyond the military application their ability to carry wireless communication antennas is seen as the most lucrative civil application for the technology. SOURCE

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