On Aug. 7, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command conducted a test of the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The LEMV stayed aloft for 90 minutes during the successful test. The primary goal of the test was to conduct a safe takeoff and landing. Secondary goals included the verification of flight control systems as well as airworthiness evaluations and performance testing. The LEMV was manned during the test, but can also be operated as an unmanned vehicle. This first flight marks an important milestone for what may turn out to be the return of the military airship.
LEMV First Flight
By Steven Hoarn - August 21, 2012