Aerospace firms in Southern California are leading us into the future, apparently on next generation high-tech blimps and other airships. Interesting article in the LA Times.
Of course, it is no surprise that the military is spearheading this aerospace industry boom:
“The federal government is buying blimps, zeppelins and spy balloons, and many of these new-generation hybrid ‘lighter than air’ aircraft are taking shape across California.”
“[In] recent years, the affordability of airships as well as developments in high-definition cameras, high-powered sensors and other unmanned technologies have turned these oddball aircraft from curiosities of a bygone era to must-have items for today’s military.”
But it is a matter of time before these “airships increasingly are being used for civilian purposes.”
(Photo credit: Don Bartletti, LA Times)