Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blimp Will Be Used To Take Pics Of Sullivan Road Bridge

This is so cool! One form of transportation will be used to take pictures of another! A small blimp like this one will be used to get exactly the right photo angles of the Sullivan Road Bridge southbound across the Spokane River tomorrow.

The blimp, which carries two to three pounds of camera equipment, is tentatively expected to launch sometime during the early afternoon and will be in the air for about two hours.

The 15 foot long by 8 foot diameter blue and white blimp will be tethered to an operator on the ground, who will maneuver it into position and then use radio controls to adjust the camera to get the photos. The photos will be used to help create visual simulations depicting the finished bridge and its relation to the surrounding environment.

Drivers in the area at the time of the blimp operation are warned to keep their attention on the roadway.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.