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Originally posted by mattifikation
I stated that this was a secret project for one very good reason - the device was located smack in the middle of the Groom mountains and only 30kms away from the Nevada Test Site and 25kms away from Area 51. Both of these areas are under the tightest military security. The entire Groom mountain range was annexed by the US military in 1984
and withdrawn entirely from public lands and public access. Now why annex such a huge area if not to use it for military purposes such as testing of new technology ?
This immediately indicates that any technology located within those mountains MUST be military in origin - and because research within that entire area is shrouded in secrecy, implies that any unknown technology MUST be the result of a secret project.
If the device was remote controlled, then I would assume that the operator was relatively close by and which by extension would imply the requirement for other support personnel and material. But there is absolutely NO evidence of this support anywhere within the vicinity (unless the operator was hiding under one of your "rocks") which logically indicates that the device has a certain degree of autonomy.
By it's very nature, all satellite imaging is of a 2-dimensional nature and will only have 1 optimal viewing perspective. Also, this optimal view will be highly dependent on the angle that the image was taken ... meaning that the shallower the angle, the greater the distortion when attempting to rotate the viewed image ... as you have demonstrated by rotating the image away from the optimal viewing angle and thereby introducing significant distortion. At some point the distortion becomes great enough to significantly degrade the image content being viewed and you mistakenly interpret this as being equivalent to the local background and "rocks".
Bear in mind that even though GE does a wonderful job of image display, it cannot however performs miracles with a significantly rotated and essentially flat image i.e it cannot "lift" the device out of the background.
But view the image at it's optimal perspective and the artificiality of the device immediately becomes apparent and seperates itself from the background.
What if the device was no longer in a testing stage ? Without knowing the reason for the necessity of creating such a device, there could be a very plausible reason for it to be wandering the Groom mountains unattended and unsupervised ... maybe thats why it's a SECRET r&d project. You, I and the general populace remain in complete ignorance of the projects goals. Consider, during the Manhattan project, the US military kept such a tight lid on the project (and an incredibly advanced project for that time) that the general public knew NOTHING whatsoever ... until Hiroshima. So there IS a precedent for this kind of military activity.
5. Appears to be constructed of very advanced technologically
Goes without saying that if the military can create such a device which is totally unlike anything we've seen before, then the inference must be that it's composed of advance technology.
6. It was located using GE and was found high up in the Southern Groom mountains of Nevada.
Again, the US military annexed the ENTIRE Groom mountain range, not just a small section here and a small section there. Doesn't this imply that they wanted to make use (for whatever reason] different parts of the entire range ?
7. It's design is also unlike anything that I'm currently aware of in the public domain which is why I believe it to be a military project.
See my response to 5. above
Originally posted by mattifikation
You seem to have a flawed understanding of what the term "secret project" means - it means that information/documentation, etc is restricted in the maximum sense of the word. That therefore means you can't just plug "robot" + "military" + "classified project" into Google and expect to come up with anything ... unless you're particularly naive and think the US military will post regular updates on their Black Op projects here on ATS for you to read.
This means that such info will be next to impossible to obtain UNLESS some accidental/unintentional disclosure occurs as has happened in this instance.
Operators wouldn't have to be anywhere near it. UAVS developed over a decade ago can be flown on one side of the world and operated from literally the complete opposite side of the globe.
As you say, UAVS has been around for a long time and is mainstream technology now. But that's NOT what the military's Black Op projects are about - their aim is to r&d the next generation of military science, hardware and technology and to "push the envelope". Apparently your own research is somewhat lacking in that you seem not to be aware of the military's move (publically available info) towards introducing autonomous robotic weapons platforms in the near future
Tactical Autonomous Combatant (TAC) units, described in Project Alpha study "Unmanned Effects: Taking the Human out of the Loop" and
The "Mobile Autonomous Robot Software" research program started in December 2003 by the Pentagon in an attempt to develop more advanced military robots and
Autonomous Military Robotics: Risk, Ethics, and Design (ethics.calpoly.edu...)
The trend based on publically available documentation is perfectly clear - the military is embracing battlefield robotics (controlled as well as autonomous) with open arms and throwing huge sums of money into r&d.
So if this trend is already obvious and released to the general public, imagine the sort of research going on behind the military's "closed doors" !