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by Staff Reports 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 12/11/2014 - Creech Air Force Base, Nevada -- At approximately 8:45 a.m. PST on Dec. 11, 2014, an MQ-9 Reaper crashed during a routine training mission in an unpopulated area approximately 1 mi. east of Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. No one was injured. Base first responders have secured the crash site and all appropriate safety measures have been employed. More information will follow as it becomes available. The MQ-9 Reaper is a medium-to-high altitude, long endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets.
originally posted by: gariac
a reply to: brace22
Eventually you can get a crash report via a FOIA.
At a mile from the base, they don't fly the UAVs very high. If you drive up the road to the town of Cold Creek, you can see them flying in small valleys east of the main base.
The UAVs at Creech probably are not under satellite control but rather ground stations. They have had the occasional LOS (Loss of Signal). They use a lot of C band in the comms. There was a report from Creech a few years ago about having to make sure nobody uses a 5GHz wifi on the base. The range also uses C band point to point microwave, so I can imaging the occasional glitch if they fly in the wrong area.
In that general area, they UAVs need to be under 9000ft AGL. The Janets are coming in around 14Kft AGL and decending, so you need some margin.
I put together a small "blob" of Groom Lake scanner audio for the Coast to Coast AM show on Nevada. You can hear UAV flight altitutes mentioned in it.
Groom lake scanner audio
I have hours of audio to go through. This file was just an interesting collection of what I had heard so far, and that doesn't even include what I recorded from Tikaboo.