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Unmanned aerial vehicles, from airships to stationary balloons--called aerostats—have a long history of use by the military. The most well-established lighter-than-air program now in use is a series of aerostats along the southern U.S. border. These 208 foot long balloons resemble mini-blimps without the gondola. Unmanned, they are unblinking eyes-in-the-sky used for drug interdiction. They are able to detect targets out to 230 miles and stay aloft for months.
The war on terrorism has been a god-send for unmanned aerial vehicle deployment. U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq employ more than 14 types of remote controlled vehicles, from the deadly Predator, which can fire a Hellfire missile, to the four-pound, hand launched Raven used by the Army for over-the-hill recon missions. UAV’s in Iraq and Afghanistan have flown more than 100,000 hours.
Now, the Department of Defense plans to spend $1.7 billion in research and development on 79 projects through 2009 for UAV development, including developing a six-ounce “micro” flying vehicle called WASP. Some of those technologies will eventually transfer to the civil sector, particularly for use in homeland security. ...
originally posted by: 4N0M4LY
Why do people wait after 10+ years to bring up a topic that is not even relevant to todays experience? I mean cool story and all but come on. I don't see how people are so afraid of things like this.... Its an alien...So what?