Blimp-Mounted Cameras Will Watch Everything That Happens At the Rio Olympics

Airborne camera watchesSource: Popular Science – popsci.com

By Kelsey D. Atherton

There is too much happening at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for any person to watch it all. Not just the sporting events, though there are over 30 events during the 16 days of the event. For the security personnel tasked with making sure athletes, attendees, and civilians are all safe during the event, that’s a sky-high task, so it helps that Brazil is going to have an all-seeing camera on a blimp record everything happening within an area of 15 square miles.

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Lockheed Built a Blimp-Crawling Robot That Finds and Fixes Leaks

Blimp Spider BotSource: Gizmodo – gizmodo.com

By Andrew Liszewski

Satellites and autonomous drones have reduced our need for cutting-edge spy planes and stealth fighters. So Lockheed’s famed Skunk Works, creators of the SR-71 Blackbird, have now built a unique robot called the Spider that can crawl over the surface of blimps to find and fix tiny pinhole leaks.

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Russian Adventurer Fedor Konyukhov Breaks World Hot Air Balloon Record, Lands Safely in Western Australia

02 Konyukhov landed the town of Bonnie RockSource: Australian Broadcasting Corporation – .abc.net.au

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth in a hot air balloon in just over 11 days, landing safely in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.

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With $1M lost, Barry Prentice is not giving up on airships in Manitoba

Barry Prentice walks onto the siteSource: CBC News  – cbc.ca

By Kristy Hoffman

Wednesday’s storm destroyed Prentice’s 3 airship prototypes and 5 years of his work

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Russian Adventurer Takes Off on Solo Round-the-World Hot-Air Balloon Quest

02 Konyukhov prepares to departSource: The Guardian – theguardian.com

Fedor Konyukhov, 65, launches from Australian outback with aim to set a new world record by circumnavigating the globe in under 13 days.

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