Archive for the ‘UAVs’ Category

Impressive, eh?  Practical issues would be weapon load, level of autonomy/command and control, cost, and battery life.  Still, impressive, eh?

from the Air Force Association on-line magazine:

“If it takes about 170 personnel today to operate one combat air patrol of MQ-1 or MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, how many are needed for a single high-flying RQ-4 Global Hawk CAP? Maj. Richard Johnson, Air Force spokesman for intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance issues, tells the Daily Report that the number is around 260 today, including some 160 imagery analysts.”

Wow.  I have seen the future and it is analysis.

Let’s see: the best space return on investment comes from satellites and not astronauts.  The internet has very few overseers compared to the number of users.  And what about flying? 

While UAVs can’t (yet) be all things to all peoples at all times, we are getting closer and closer.

At Esquire, Brian Mockenhaupt writes We’ve Seen the Future, and It’s Unmanned.

The article is a fascinating mixture of backstory, human interest, national security, and technology.  And regarding the things I had knowledge of, it was more accurate than I expected.

Navy Wants Top UAV Billing

Posted: August 11, 2009 in UAV, UAVs

UAVs will be like cyber. There will be no definitive leader, but there will be multiple users.