posted on Jul, 30 2020 @ 07:45 PM
In the late 1960sm the CIA sought to create a drone. One that looked a bit like a bird. It was even decorated as a bird. The hope was to collect
photographic and sensor data. Or even to drop sensor packages in contested environments. The UAV only had a 7.5 foot wingspan and a 5 ft length, so
whatever it was dropping was small.
It was remotely operated and had a tv camera in the nose. The drone would send data up to a U2R and eventually to have a satellite relay. The
targets were meant to be the Soviet Union, China and Cuba. China's Lop Nur was one of those targets.
For those of us living a good 50 odd years later, you can see where the concepts for the predator, etc. developed first. Even the vaunted
manned-unmanned teaming: everything old is new again. You can also see the technology had a long way to go before what they had in mind was actually
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