Gallery: Lockheed’s HALE-D Blimp Is A Solar-Powered Spy Satellite

 

We love that blimps and airships are making a comeback to rule the next generation’s eco-friendly skies. But whenever Lockheed Martin gets its hands on technology, we start to think about the less friendly purposes these zeppelins could be used for. Case in point, Lockheed’s new HALE-D (High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator) solar-powered blimp, which is a quicker and less expensive way to get a satellite orbiting at 60,000 feet for long-term weather monitoring, missile warning or targeting, communications, and of course good old-fashioned spying.

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