Its remotely piloted airship vehicle (RPAV) will serve as a passive cheap surveillance system that will hover over unsecured areas around the world. Construction starts this year, company documents say. Hmmm... it seems to us that you really have to be daft to not notice a giant overhead balloon spying on you, but, hey, we'll take any edge in a time of war.
In nonmilitary airship news, a company called Magenn is using airships to keep an electric turbine aloft. The new system will keep a spinning rotor up in the high-altitude winds like a giant kite, where it can harness electricity for domestic use. What a great idea! These balloons will be way up in the air and barely noticeable, unlike a destructive and potentially dangerous oil derrick in your backyard.
If that is not pick-of-the-year worthy, what is?