Ohio-Developed High-Tech Blimp Used to Demonstrate Life-Saving Emergency Responsiveness

SANDUSKY, Ohio , Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A consortium of federal agencies, Ohio universities and private Ohio companies simulated a disaster today to demonstrate how the AerOhio1 Aerostat, a 75-foot long, high-tech blimp, can be used by emergency response teams to establish communication and provide visual contact during a crisis.

"This form of technology will help emergency responders reach and assist those in need more efficiently and knowledgably -- ultimately protecting and saving more lives," said Lanny Jines , Ph.D, P.E., acting program manager of High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE).

During natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other crises, debris, collapsed buildings and downed utility lines often block roads and delay rescue teams. Cellular towers, too, are often destroyed -- virtually halting communication -- and useable real-time images of disaster sites and subsequent terrorist activities are nonexistent due to lack of visual contact.

Equipped with advanced sensors such as high-resolution cameras and infrared detectors, the AerOhio1 Aerostat provides solutions to these challenges by connecting emergency responders, providing visuals of a disaster site, locating terrorists and improving emergency response time.

The demonstration was held at the ARES Inc. Munitions test site at 818 Front Street, Erie Industrial Park, Port Clinton, Ohio .

Dan Foote , aide to U.S. Congresswoman Mary Kaptur , who sponsored the legislation that funds this critically important national emergency and national security technology, spoke on her behalf.

Participating volunteer groups, who used this demonstration as part of ongoing emergency training sessions, include:

The demonstration was part of the Lighter-than-Air (LTA) and High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Payload Applications Workshop being organized by The AeroCentric Federation.

For more information, visit www.aerocentricfederation.com .

SOURCE AeroCentric Federation