DARPA's Walrus program to develop and evaluate a very large airlift vehicle has moved forward; DARPA announced the contractors for the first phase of the program. Despite detailed early descriptions of "war-balloons" in late nineteenth century science fiction, this isn't your father's (not to mention great-grandfather's) dirigible airship. According to DARPA's press release, "the Walrus aircraft will be a heavier-than-air vehicle and will generate lift through a combination of aerodynamics, thrust vectoring and gas buoyancy generation and management."
The two contractors receiving Walrus phase I awards are:
Lockheed Martin Corp., Advanced Development Programs, Palmdale, Calif., which will receive $2,989,779
Aeros Aeronautical Systems Corp., Tarzana, Calif., which will receive $3,267,000