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About that Giant Balloon You Saw This Morning

by Prince Of Petworth — April 20, 2016 at 9:45 am 2 Comments

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A reader reports at 8am:

Balloon over downtown. Super big balloon. I thought there were airspace issues with downtown DC.”

Ed. Note: Our first sighting was back in October 2009. Last year we learned “The balloon was launched by Digital Design and Imaging Inc. to take aerial photos of the District’s skyline as part of the joint Height Master Plan the DC Office of Planning and the National Capital Planning Commission are conducting in response to a Congressional request.”

Here’s a closeup shot @ep_jhu sent us after a sighting last July:

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  • LittleBluePenguin

    What is the advantage of a balloon vs. a drone doing this type of surveying?

    • Jason

      Batteries.

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