- Spy Balloons Become Part of the Afghanistan Landscape, Stirring Unease (New York Times)
- Tethered Aerostat Radar System (U.S. Air Force Fact Sheet)
- Raytheon’s Lighter-Than-Air Systems Provide ISR (Raytheon Website)
Comment: As noted above, to date the aerostat surveillance concept has had very limited success moving into the civilian market - with only a few manufactures like SkyDoc Systems actively targeting the sector. However, the concept of civilian sector use will not be going away. Unfortunately, it will just be dormant, waiting for the day when a major disaster could have been stopped (man-made), or response results improved (natural), by use of a comprehensive area surveillance system.
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