Drone airship hangar coming to Port St. Joe

The premiere aerospace company of Gulf County, Skyborne Technologies, continues to expand its ventures.
This time, in the form of a brand new, gigantic hangar, which will house its one-of-a-kind drone airships.
“It will take about 9 months to construct and again it’s about a 100-foot-long hangar 125 ft wide,” said CEO Mike Lawson.
The hangar will not only benefit the company, but it will also benefit the surrounding aviation community in the Panhandle.
“Well this is a public/private airport privately owned but public usage so unless were into some extreme flight tests on an approach back to the airport we may have to shut it down for 30 minutes to an hour during that day but it’s open to the public too for usage,” said Lawson.
The hangar will be built on the back portion of their Costin Airport property. It will hold the “New Moon of Northwest Florida”, an airship developed with Gulf Coast State College.
But the company needs the hangar for future endeavors too.
‘It’s larger sister ship is why we’re building the hangar its 205 feet in length and about 7 stories high so it is a big ship,” said Lawson.
The “New Moon of Northwest Florida”, is expected to be completed soon making its maiden voyage sometime in September.

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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