an aerostat illuminated just outside the town of Marfa, TX. Marfa may be better known as an art community, but it’s proximity to the international border w/ Mexico also makes it a strategic location for the use of TARS and fighting the drug war that looms all too close. the excerpt below explains the basics of the system
A growing network of inflated static aircraft (aerostats) that are raised aloft and cabled in place (tethered), for use as radar stations along the USA/Mexico border. Operated by the Air Force and the US Customs service, TARS’ primary mission is to detect small aircraft entering into the country from the south. The system currently employs around eight of the unmanned Aerostats.
Marfa, TX. - 11/2012