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Comment Catastrophic Failure? (Score 5, Interesting) 196

FTFA: "Raytheon, the contractor that makes the blimps, says the cable is unlikely to break.

"The chance of that happening is very small because the tether is made of Vectran and has withstood storms in excess of 100 knots," the company said on its website. "However, in the unlikely event it does happen, there are a number of procedures and systems in place which are designed to bring the aerostat down in a safe manner.""

So what exactly happened? The cable broke, AND they are unable to get the blimp to safely land?

Leveraging always beats prototyping.