Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Capital Shield

On October 13th and 14th, Montgomery County CERT (including DisasterMan) participated in CAPSHIELD, hosted by the Military District of Washington, practicing responding to mass casualty incidents.Photographer Matt Laur got some amazing shots.

"Capital Shield '11 Trains in Lorton: Some of our best prepare for the worst," Lorton Patch, Oct. 17, 2010

"Capital Shield 2011: protecting nation’s capital," Army.mil News, Oct. 19, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

Flying Saucers

This is kinda cool. An Australian company is developing a large balloon that can lift and transport up to 150 tons, which is a lot more than the most powerful helicopters. The saucer-shaped Skylifter would be slower than helicopters and airplanes, but comparable to land vehicles, at a speed of about 50 mph. (Depending, no doubt on winds.)

One use envisioned for the Skylifter is to transport disaster relief supplies or even whole hospitals to otherwise inaccessible areas. Their artist's-conception pictures show one with Red Cross logos.