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U.S. Army working on universal unmanned aircraft control interface

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posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 04:02 PM
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U.S . Army working on universal unmanned aircraft control interface

I came across this today.

So the Army is flying UAV's?

I thought that was a Airforce job.

And if they do make this. Will it be adopted across the military branches?

Any thoughts?



The U.S. Army is working to develop a universal control interface for unmanned aircraft systems to let operators fly more than one type using the same controls.

Currently, the Army's 15W Soldiers are trained for a singular platform, which includes either the AAI RQ-7 Shadow or the General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle. Training and Doctrine UAS command capability manager Col. Paul Cravey says a universal operator and control interface will be one of the biggest changes to the program.




posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 04:10 PM
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a reply to: grey580

The Army flies tactical aircraft, including UAVs.



posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 04:15 PM
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a reply to: grey580

Playstation 4 controller.

Nailed it.

The U.S. can now pay me a trillion dollars for saving them two trillion dollars.



posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 04:54 PM
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I found this interesting. I remember seeing a hand launched UAV on a television show. But neither of the ones listed in the article look like the one I saw.

Here are a couple of images which show the scale:
General Atomics MQ-1C Gray Eagle

AAI RQ-7 Shadow

Zaphod, I see that the Shadow is catapult launched, but what kind of runway does the Gray Eagle need to take off and landing? And how is the Shadow landed?

-dex



posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 05:19 PM
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a reply to: DexterRiley

The Gray Eagle is an upgraded Predator. It uses a fixed base to launch and recover. The Shadow uses an arresting gear system to recover.



posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 05:23 PM
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Skynet begins.



posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 05:24 PM
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a reply to: Cynic

I keep hearing that, every time something new comes out. Did you even bother reading the source link?
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posted on Feb, 1 2016 @ 09:17 PM
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a reply to: grey580

The army has been flying the Grey Eagle for some time now.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 08:15 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

the shadow is neat.

is it a medium loiter time drone?

looks like you could tow that on a trailer and deploy it in the field.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 11:21 AM
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a reply to: grey580

That's the point of them. Easy to transport, no fixed base requirement, etc.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 11:55 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I wonder how long it will be until the police get to use those.

Or if they sell some for LE use already.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 11:56 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Yes.
Skynet begins.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 11:59 AM
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a reply to: Cynic

And how exactly is a human controlled unmanned vehicle the beginning of Skynet.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 12:01 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Zaph has a point.

We still have a bit to go till we have fully autonomous AI making it's own decisions.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 12:03 PM
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Computers learn. This is a fact. IBM has Watson, the military has UAV's. The crossover is inevitable.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 12:03 PM
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originally posted by: Cynic
Skynet begins.


contrary to popular belief, the world is still a long way away from AI.



posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 12:05 PM
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a reply to: Cynic

And again, now is a human controlled system, the human does everything from starting the engines to shutting them down at the end of the mission, learn and become Skynet?
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posted on Feb, 2 2016 @ 12:07 PM
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posted on Feb, 3 2016 @ 04:42 AM
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What would the UAV,s be used for?Recon,squad assault or overwatch defence?Laser pewpewpews?



posted on Feb, 3 2016 @ 04:46 AM
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a reply to: Blackfinger

Mostly ISR. The Gray Eagle can carry 4 Hellfire or 4 Viper Strike for ground attack, or interestingly 8 Stingers in their air to air modification.




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