Quote: A patrol car fitted with all of the police extras cost $40,000; a surveillance blimp will cost well below that -- possibly as low as $15,000; after that, it is $100 a week to keep it filled with helium and charge its electric batteries; the police in Ogden, Utah, decides this is a good deal
The police chief in Ogden, Utah, said the city could launch a surveillance blimp by Christmas as part of the cityâ€™s crime-fighting efforts.
The 54-foot-long craft will be equipped multiple cameras and operated by pilots via remote control. It would run for five to seven hours at a time at an altitude of around 400 feet...http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/...ance-blimp
Doesn't surprise me, been reading about this type of surveillance for awhile now. Expect predator drones to be flying nationwide protecting the 'homeland' at some point.