posted on May, 24 2015 @ 09:24 PM
a reply to: greyhat
Uhm, what do you think a generator is? It's a POWER SUPPLY. Where did I say "batteries"? Go ahead, point it out. I'll wait.
The generator that is installed, is designed to power the systems that it was designed to carry. If you add a bigger radio to get more range, it
requires more power. To provide more power, you either have to remove something that uses that power, or you have to put a bigger power supply in. A
bigger power supply means more weight. That means you have to remove something to allow the aircraft to fly, or you lose range.
I don't underestimate anything. It's not designed for long range missions like the Heron or Predator, which is exactly what I said. There's more
than one type of beyond LOS. Tactical UAVs use short range beyond LOS links. Larger UAVs use satellite links that allow for them to be flown from
thousands of miles away. The Searcher II doesn't use a satellite link. That link is huge and weighs almost as much as the Searcher II does.
The UAV airborne data relay requires another UAV to be in the area flying to relay data to it. It chains the data through the first UAV to the second
UAV. That essentially doubles the range, which still puts it less than 400 miles total rage.
The ground-based data relay requires another ground station to be within LOS of the original station to chain together, similar to the airborne relay
system. They both allow for beyond LOS operations, but they require additional equipment to be available for the beyond LOS operations.
Even with hilltop antennas, and boosters, you can only extend the range a limited distance. The Searcher II isn't capable of being a true long range
UAV, similar to other larger UAVs. It wasn't designed for that mission, and it can't perform that mission, even with modifications.
5/24/2015 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)