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Crime-Monitoring Blimp Could Hover Over Utah City

Officials in Ogden, Utah are considering a plan to launch an unmanned blimp to monitor the city from crime at night.
January 19, 2011, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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"The airship entails military technology now available to local law enforcement, he said.

Godfrey floated the idea of a dirigible in the skies above Ogden for his city council members last week. The council is expected to vote on the measure in coming weeks.

He says the cost of the blimp is being negotiated but said it is more "cost effective" to operate than helicopters or fixed winged aircraft."

The 52-foot-long blimp would hover over the city at about 400 feet, monitoring neighborhoods below with two cameras.

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Published on Sunday, January 16, 2011 in Reuters
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