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High-tech helium airship in OC to soar soon

A giant helium airship is shown inside of a hangar in Tustin in this January 2013 photo.

January 12, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A high-tech helium airship made in an Orange County hangar looks like something from a science fiction movie set.

Though it may look surreal, the airship will take to the skies in the next few months.

It was constructed inside a hangar in Tustin by the Aeros Company under contract from the Pentagon and NASA.

It's a prototype for a larger airship that's designed to carry 66 tons of cargo.

The rigid frame is made of aluminum and carbon fiber, and it combines features of an airship and an airplane.