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Gorgon Stare is being tested now, and officials hope it will be fielded within two months. Each $17.5 million pod weighs 1,100 pounds and, because of its configuration, will not be mounted with weapons on Reaper aircraft, officials said. They envision it will have civilian applications, including securing borders and aiding in natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security is exploring the technology's potential, an industry official said.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
reply to post by nickoli
Frequency hopping with changing encryption keys is standard in military communications.
It wouldn't be easy at all.
"If you look into the not-too-distant future, what these technologies will allow us to do is remove more and more ground forces and replace them with sensors where we normally would have to rely on people going somewhere to find something out," he said.
They envision it will have civilian applications, including securing borders and aiding in natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security is exploring the technology's potential, an industry official said.
Originally posted by nickoli
Once the freq is learned a simple rf grid will defeat its ability to transmit data. I could blanket half a state with an overpowering rf carrier and nothing would work over the air.
The test found the system was "not operationally effective" and "not operationally suitable," it said.
The quality of the video images was often poor or delayed, while footage from multiple cameras created gaps between pictures from each camera, the report said.
The system also had a serious technical problem that produced inaccurate coordinates for a particular location, raising the possibility of a strike on the wrong target.
The report said "an unpredictable software error generates a faulty coordinate grid" rendering location information "inaccurate and inconsistent."