Originally posted by Avalessa
reply to post by OutKast Searcher
It was moving far too close to the bound and far too fast. It was making turns and flips that wouldn't be safe for someone in a "plane" that size.
Again, far too close to the ground. And considering they were risking crashing on someone's property, I wouldn't think anyone would be stupid enough
to perform those tricks really fast and close to property belonging to someone else.
The link to the picture you posted was a MQ-1 predator.
i was a crew cheif with this aircraft when i was in the Air Force. i can assure you that these aircraft do not fly very fast at all (hence the large
wing span, more lift at slower speeds) and most certainly cannot do any flips or such. the aircraft really are extremely brittle.
most people dont realize this but they are powered by a rotax snowmobile engine. they aren't designed to go fast nor fly at low altitudes.
there are only a few units in the country that have the predator drones and only a couple that have the reaper drones, none of which are located near
or around michigan.
from your report about its flight characteristics i can assure you that it was either a R/C Aircraft or a sport aircraft.
I suppose if you can aim a big enough mirror at it, one might could disrupt it's laser guidance system, or somehow disable it?
these drones aren't flown via laser guidance system. they are flown via a satellite link. the only way to disrupt it is to terminate its satellite
link. even then they are programmed to fly a specific pattern in the air when they lose sat link. so even if you could terminate its link, it wouldn't
crash until it ran out of fuel, which could be up to 36 hours, depending on altitude.
Originally posted by AaronWilson
potato canon + steel ball bearings = dead drone. Its not hard to make and the material will cost less than 50$.
good luck with that, considering that most drone's fly their orbits (designated flight patterns) at over 35,000 ft. after all the purpose of the
drones are to be "unseen" when flying their orbits, it wouldnt make very much sense to fly them in range of a "potatoe gun"
edit on 11-7-2012
by wilson417 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by TruthJava
Ok; so now I'm a little freaked and curious. I believe a drone flew over near our house wednesday evening (May 30). What happened was this:
I live in Southern Illinois, and the time was approximately 8pm or so. It was still daylight (dusky) and the moon was up in the southern sky. I
happened to be standing outside by my vehicle because I was stressing out over losing an important key earlier in the day while moving. I just
happened to look up at the moon trying to calm down and I saw what I thought was (at first) a bright white plane just getting ready to fly across in
front of the moon. It didn't take but a few seconds for me to notice this "plane" seemed strange: it was bright white, kind of longer than a regular
plane, it didn't seem to be very high up (higher than a helicopter but not quite as high as american airlines), and it was moving really slow compared
to a plane or helicopter. I ended up watching it as long as I could until it got blocked by the trees at the perimeter of the yard.
Whatever it was, it didn't make any sound, and the neighborhood was quiet so it should have been heard easliy. I even listened a couple minutes after
it had gone out of sight but there still wasn't any sound made from it flying over. And as low flying as it appeared there should have been sound.
Maybe it was higher up than it appeared, but if it was...then it was a fairly long-bodied aircraft.
Normally I grab my binoculars out of my car since they are kept handy for times like these...but go figure...couldn't get to them quick enough. They
were covered up with stuff since I was moving. Well finally, just a little while ago I remembered to do a google image search to see what drones even
look like. Since I didn't have my binoculars handy, it was hard to make out the wings. After looking through the pictures on google, this picture
looks the closest to what I saw. The only difference is that the thing I saw was really white (not grayish) and I couldn't visually make out the
wings/shape. But other than that, it looked most like this picture.....
This is a really rural setting here, why would anyone want to spy on such a non-happening place? LOL
edit on 2-6-2012 by TruthJava because: typo
the picture you posted was an MQ-9 Reaper, it is a little bit larger than the Predator UAV, however, it is still considerably smaller than a normal
comercial airliner. they also have an operational altitude of 50.000 ft, making it invisible from the ground. i beleive that what you saw is certainly
not the drone in the picture you provided.
edit on 11-7-2012 by wilson417 because: (no reason given)