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by Prince Of Petworth May 25, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

Thanks to Ken for sending the shot above:

“Taken from my office, facing west over 19th Street.”

And Josh sends from the 600 block of T Street, NW below:

Our first sighting of the imaging balloon 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.”

Though I wonder if the explanation is still accurate. Why is the survey taking so long or maybe this is a new survey?

by Prince Of Petworth May 2, 2018 at 9:45 am 0


Photo by Andrew Burnett

Thanks to Andrew for sending from NoMa.

Our first sighting of the imaging balloon 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.”

Though I wonder if the explanation is still accurate. Why is the survey taking so long or maybe this is a new survey?

by Prince Of Petworth August 10, 2017 at 10:00 am 0

Yesterday afternoon near Metro Center Courtenay spotted “this strange balloon floating over DC.”

Be not alarmed and for God’s sake somebody please tell POTUS, this is simply our friends from Air Photos Live balloon who seem to be spotted every year or so. You can see a closeup shot from a previous sighting here.

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.”

Update: Molly confirms “Yep, spotted off Thomas Circle.”


Photo by Molly Colleary

by Prince Of Petworth July 24, 2015 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

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@flandub tweets us:

“@PoPville yo, what’s flying around K and 6th NW right now? Looks like maybe a camera attached to that bubble.”

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@ep_jhu tweets us the great shot yesterday:

“An @AirPhotosLive balloon is going up over Mt Vernon Sq. at 6th & NY Ave NW @PoPville”

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.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 30, 2015 at 11:10 am 6 Comments

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‏@_TheHMS tweets us last night:

“@PoPville What’s the huge balloon looming in #navyyard? It seems to have landed on #mcdonalds on #southcapitol”

This is very likely the balloon from Air Photos Live, a “Digital Design & Imaging Service” last spotted in March. You can read some background on them after previous sightings here.

Of course it could just be a promotion for Jurassic World/hamburglar water glasses that deflated…

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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