DOE airship to gather data on oil field emissions

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled a remotely piloted airship at Chandler downtown airport in Bakersfield, Calif., that will be used this winter to gather data on San Joaquin Valley oil and gas field air emissions.Better than airplanesThe 30-ft long, 8-ft diameter, lighter-than-air craft, dubbed Clean Airship 1, is designed to float in stagnant air, gathering data on pollutants without disturbing air patterns, something airplanes cannot do. It also can collect data when aircraft would be grounded by fog.The craft was designed and built with the help of $100,000 from DOE, $50,000 from the Western States Petroleum Association, and $25,000 from Tracer Environmental Sciences & Tec...

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