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Airship to conduct aerial search for Bigfoot

By T.K. Randall
October 13, 2012 · Comment icon 205 comments



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Known as the 'Falcon Project', the new hunt will be co-ordinated through Idaho State University.
The ambitious endeavor will use an Aurora Mk II airship laden with thermal imaging and high resolution wireless videography equipment to scour the forests of North America for signs of the elusive hominid. An airship was chosen because it provides better maneuverability than a helicopter and is far quieter, allowing it to pass overhead with minimal disturbance.

With over 17 years experience investigating the Bigfoot phenomenon, author and researcher Dr. Jeff Meldrum will be acting as the project's principal investigator. William Barnes, having encountered the creature himself in 1997, is the project founder and manager. Barnes hopes to not only prove that Bigfoot exists but to lay the groundwork for future research and protection of the species.[!gad]The ambitious endeavor will use an Aurora Mk II airship laden with thermal imaging and high resolution wireless videography equipment to scour the forests of North America for signs of the elusive hominid. An airship was chosen because it provides better maneuverability than a helicopter and is far quieter, allowing it to pass overhead with minimal disturbance.

With over 17 years experience investigating the Bigfoot phenomenon, author and researcher Dr. Jeff Meldrum will be acting as the project's principal investigator. William Barnes, having encountered the creature himself in 1997, is the project founder and manager. Barnes hopes to not only prove that Bigfoot exists but to lay the groundwork for future research and protection of the species.
The Falcon Project proposes to conduct an extensive aerial search for an unrecognized North American primate, a. k. a. sasquatch or Bigfoot, by means of an helium-filled airship, upon which a platform supporting thermal-imaging and high resolution wireless videography equipment is mounted.


Source: pr.com | Comments (205)


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Comment icon #196 Posted by DieChecker 10 years ago
Maybe you two thought NW was joking with his book reply...... Matt Moneymaker ( Head of BFRO, Finding Bigfoot ) is arguing with the guys on the falcon project, hes says it will not work......Go back a couple pages and read again.... Matt is so full of himself. His arguements are all simple engineering issues, not "impossible feats that can never be countered". Sounds like a bunch of Sour Grapes to me. It was not his idea, he's not managing it, he has no direct input and... thus, gets zero of the credit if anything positive happens. I am excluding Jeff Meldrum from these comments, ( for now ) I... [More]
Comment icon #197 Posted by QuiteContrary 8 years ago
I had to go back on this thread and check Meldrum's stated previous potential launch date: Spring 2013. NEW potential "Aurora" launch date is now: Spring 2015 according to Meldrum Funding stalled out previously but thanks to Barnes and some other benefactors including some Hollywood players, funding is back on track. Total cost: Half-a-million dollars Everything is here. Ship specs, etc. Meldrum's discussion of a Relic hominoid begins first after the news portion and the Aurora ship project discussion begins somewhere around 19 minutes in, I think. I haven't listened to more than a few minutes... [More]
Comment icon #198 Posted by Sakari 8 years ago
aside: Meldrum does refer to Standing as a "collegue" (date of broadcast Dec. 11) and says an experience he had while visiting with Standing was "really interesting". Oh Boy....
Comment icon #199 Posted by QuiteContrary 8 years ago
Oops! "colleague" what a weird looking word
Comment icon #200 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
Why can't the eccentric Millionare who funds all the other Bigfoot shananagins fund Meldrum's project?
Comment icon #201 Posted by Night Walker 8 years ago
Why can't the eccentric Millionare who funds all the other Bigfoot shananagins fund Meldrum's project? Good question. He sure could fund it. I couldn't find anything much about Hersom and Meldrum... Maybe it has something to do with internal politics of Bigfoot-research. In 2008, Meldrum received $130,000 from the Mayfield Foundation for his North American Ape Project which also involved Derek Randles. That ended with nothing to show and Randles split to form the Olympic Project without Meldrum. An eccentric millionaire-type (Hersom) funds the Olympic Project along with BFRO and Ketchum... May... [More]
Comment icon #202 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
Please excuse me that I didn't read through every post on this topic, but why wouldn't a silent airship work? Of course it would be equipped with state of the art everything from infra-red to night vision. Along with various cams and full spectrum analysis of every living thing the dirigible detects. This certainly could be done for under $200K, and I thought I read that the good Dr. said he needed $50K for funding of the Falcon Project. Please correct me if I'm wrong. But once again, I think it's a brilliant idea. Am I wrong?
Comment icon #203 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
Sorry I went back and reviewed some links and found the project costing upwards of a half million...yikes:/
Comment icon #204 Posted by S2F 8 years ago
Please excuse me that I didn't read through every post on this topic, but why wouldn't a silent airship work? Of course it would be equipped with state of the art everything from infra-red to night vision. Along with various cams and full spectrum analysis of every living thing the dirigible detects. This certainly could be done for under $200K, and I thought I read that the good Dr. said he needed $50K for funding of the Falcon Project. Please correct me if I'm wrong. But once again, I think it's a brilliant idea. Am I wrong? To put it simply it isn't very cost effective. A lot of money for p... [More]
Comment icon #205 Posted by Atuke 8 years ago
I see. What about a small drone. One can get a silent hobby type drone anywhere on the Internet for around $2K and go online with it and input coordinates etc. Outfit the unit with FLIR imagers and GOPRO's for the cheap. All under $6K. You could even outfit it with speakers of some kind for call blasting. On another note...I just realized what I'm doing with my tax return


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