(Intellihub) – VIRGINIA — This adds a whole new tear to domestic surveillance as most airspace is free range to the men behind the curtain. Now advanced drones are roaming the land, air and water.
For the first time in aviation history a military drone aircraft was launched at sea off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS George W. Bush.
“SALTY-DOG502″ is what the drone has been labeled by the military as this will likely signify a new form of foreign and domestic surveillance over waters.
According to reports, the drone was able to, successfully negotiate, passes above and around the ship, while Naval Officers stood by proud not realizing that this would be the death of the constitution in America and the start of a Fascist dictatorship.
In fact, Wired.com did an article in which the details read, “But the X-47B, a Northrop Grumman creation, is a step ahead of other drones in another way. Almost all drones of its size — with a 62-foot wingspan, it’s bigger than a Predator and about on the scale of a manned F/A-18 Super Hornet — are flown by human beings. Those human beings might be thousands of miles away from the drone, in a cramped and freezing-cold Ground Control Station, but they have instruments that give them physical, real-time control of how the drone flies and what it sees — a very remote cockpit. The X-47B is different: its flight plan is pre-programmed, a matter of an algorithm, and the drone executes it autonomously, relying on GPS. The human back on board the ship only overrides it if something goes wrong.
“The Navy’s model is different from the Air Force’s,” said Rear Adm. Ted Branch, the commander of Naval Air Forces Atlantic. “We don’t have someone actively flying this machine with a stick and a throttle. We fly it with a mouse and a keyboard.” In military nomenclature, the Air Force has dronepilots; the Navy has drone operators.
Today’s launch has been planned for months and anticipated for years. Earlier this month, at the Navy’s aviation test hub in Maryland, known as Pax River, the X-47B touched down and caught the arresting wire on a mock carrier deck. Catching the wire, or the “Trap,” is as difficult as it is necessary to keep a plane from careening off the carrier and into the water. While it was a positive sign that the Navy’s new robot demonstrator could do it, the X-47B’s successful Trap catch was still on dry land.”