The name Aurora has come up a great deal this year, and now the moniker is being associated with Bigfoot. Bigfoot will be in the news, in general, during the next two weeks because of a milestone.
Next Saturday, October 20, 2012, is the 45th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin Oh-Mah/Sasquatch/Bigfoot film footage taken at Bluff Creek, California.
I will be speaking at a conference in Jefferson, Texas about that footage. Right before appearing there, my host is showing me the near-Dallas site of Aurora and the Aurora Cemetery. I've written about that recently here.
Interestingly, that old story is all about an airship in 1897.
Now a modern airship named Aurora is being employed to hunt Bigfoot.
The Falcon Project (principal investigator Jeff Meldrum, Ph. D.) will conduct an extensive aerial search for populations of Sasquatch or Bigfoot, by means of an helium-filled airship, the Aurora, and use thermal-imaging and high resolution wireless videography equipment. The Aurora Mk II airship appears to offer advantages over helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft, in terms of maneuverability and stealth.
The 45-foot (13.7-meter)-long Aurora airship will be the first one of its kind, designed and built by Canadian remote-control airship company RATS (Remote Aerial Tripod Specialists) Inc. It will consist of tandem side-by-side helium-filled envelopes, joined by a gyro-stabilized carbon fiber camera platform. That catamaran-like design will help keep it from rolling from side to side, which can be a problem with traditional single-envelope airships.~ Gizmag.
With speeds of 35-45 mph, it will be able to maneuver with the degree of precision necessary to track a running or strolling Sasquatch.
Stephen Barkley is the lead designer of the Aurora Mk II.