Massive Army spy blimp attempts its first test flight

The Army's Long-Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) made its first flight on August 7 from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, reports Wired's Danger Room blog.

The test flight is the first of a battery of tests LEMV will undergo in the coming months before its deployment in Afghanistan, which is tentatively scheduled for early 2013, the story said.

The objectives of the initial test flight were to perform a safe launch and recovery and verify the flight control system operation, Army officials said. Future tests will focus on airworthiness testing and demonstration, and system level performance verification.”

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