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Drone-Hunting Blimp To Launch Over Washington

December 18, 2014

On Friday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, will launch a giant drone-hunting blimp over Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds just east of Washington D.C. The system includes a 242-foot balloon (technically called an aerostat because it’s connected to the ground) that can stay up for a month at a time and a radar to detect — among other potential threats— drones.

The danger posed by unmanned drones over Washington, D.C., has been a concern since 9/11. The Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration made it illegal fly model planes within ten miles of Reagan National Airport. But as Zeke Miller reports for TIME, the prospect of actually getting caught flying your drone over Washington, D.C., is “doubtful, unless you upload the video to the Internet, crash spectacularly, or get way too close to a really sensitive area like the White House.”

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