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Calif. airship reaches record height
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Black Rock Desert, Nev. (UPI) Oct 27, 2011

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An unmanned airship created by a California company flew 95,085 feet into the air, higher than any airship in history, the company said.

JP Aerospace of Rancho Cordova took the twin-balloon Tandem airship to Nevada's Black Rock Desert Sunday for the launch, KTXL-TV, Sacramento, Calif., reported.

Remotely controlled by an operator on the ground, the Tandem's two balloons are separated by a 30-foot-long carbon fiber truss while two 6-foot propellers are each driven by an electric motor to maneuver the airship.

Once at the record-breaking height, the motors were turned on to fly the ship through a series of maneuvers.

However, when one of the balloons burst the Tandem was brought down to a soft landing with the help of five parachutes.

Tandem was built to be a "workhorse vehicle" to carry smaller research rockets to high altitudes at a fraction of the cost large aerospace companies are spending, company officials said,

"We've spent about $30,000 and the past five years developing Tandem," JP Aerospace President John Powell said in a release.

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