Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Williams Barnes are currently pushing to get the $300,000 they need to kick-start Project Falcon, a blimp that will search for Bigfoot from the sky. On paper, the project looks like it could be the right tool researchers can use to help put the Bigfoot mystery to rest. BFRO president, Matt Moneymaker, tells us he doesn't think it will work. He sees many problems with their project. For one thing, in order for it to see any detail from a safe altitude above tree level, the thermal unit will need to be larger than the handheld thermal scope used by Bigfoot researchers in the field, consequently the blimp will have to be fairly large says Moneymaker. Controlling such a large blimp will be a challenge and he think's they'll probably crash it if they're not careful.
Moneymaker wrote us the following statement in an email regarding Meldrum's Falcon Project:
Their blimp project won't work (been there, done that, in 2003). There's a few factors that make their project problematic:
In order to zoom in well from a safe altitude, the thermal must be a very big unit, like the type used on police helicopters. But those are heavy units, which means these guys will need a pretty big blimp ... which means they need to cart many big tanks of helium around with them, because they'll need to deflate the blimp every night (been there, done that) unless they walk it into a hangar every night.
It doesn't take much wind to blow away a blimp. Simply anchoring it to the ground only works if there's no strong breezes. Otherwise the blimp will be torn apart at the moorings.
Moreover, the police-chopper thermal units with zoom are very expensive, and they are kinda fragile. That's a big problem because it's almost certain that their unmanned blimp is going to have some rough landings, if not full on crashes. A blimp can be repaired in a few hours but a big expensive thermal camera will not be fixed that quickly.
The guy wants to use a blimp because he thinks it will be more quiet than a helicopter. He doesn't understand the reality there: In order to fly the blimp around it will need one or more propellers and those definitely make noise .... maybe not as loud as a helicopter but they are not what you'd call quiet.
The $300,000 Falcon Project: