demonstrates potential for defense and homeland security use
The SA-60 low-altitude surveillance airship made a successful
test flight in St. Mary's County, Maryland, demonstrating its
capabilities and proving all systems operable. The airship is a
prototype of new ships being built by Techsphere Systems
International, using research and development of 21st Century
Airships. It flew with a two-man crew at 1500 feet within a three
mile radius. Future ships will fly at much higher altitudes and in
an unmanned capacity.
The U.S. Navy has recently entered into an agreement to test the
SA-60 and Cyber Aerospace, Techsphere's marketing partner, is
conducting demonstration flights over the next several days to
determine performance characteristics for possible future military
applications. In addition, the Sierra Nevada Corp. has entered into
a contractual agreement with Techsphere to provide technology
integration for government end-users.
Demonstration flights will be held for the media on Monday, June
28, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at the Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional
Airport. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held
on Tuesday June 29th.
Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport is located outside
Washington DC in Hollywood, St. Mary's County MD; 53 miles
southeast of Washington, D.C., 70 miles south of Annapolis, and 85
miles south of Baltimore. Driving MD Route 235 to St. Mary's County
Airport Drive, the airport is 4 miles northeast of Leonardtown, MD.
Call 301-373-5416 for general airport information and/or