October 17, 2012 By Hilton Collins
Answer: a remote-controlled airship
William Barnes, founder of the Falcon Project, is working with the Canadian company Remote Aerial Tripods (RATS) to build a 45-foot long ship, dubbed the Aurora, with a camera to fly over Northern California to look for Bigfoot, the elusive creature whose existence many people doubt.
The Aurora’s features will include a propulsion system and helium chambers for flight. The ship will reach speeds of 45 mph and remain aloft for three to four hours at a time. Barnes and his team will pilot the dirigible remotely from a motor home. RATS is building a thermal imaging, infrared HD video camera specifically for the project.
Barnes was prompted for this personal mission after a life-changing gold prospecting expedition 15 years ago in Northern California. He followed a strange noise to an area near his campsite and saw a mysterious creature moving downhill and approaching his tent. Its funny shape convinced him it was Bigfoot, and now he’s looking for concrete proof with the Falcon Project.
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