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March 02, 2010

Know your Reapers from your Global Hawks


Or your Demons. The Complete UAV Field Guide.

For example.

BAE Systems

Class: Autonomous
Habitat: Defense giant BAE Systems laboratory in London
Behavior: The Demon flies with no fins and almost no moving parts, so it rarely needs repairs. Software makes it partially autonomous.
Notable Features: The entire body of the craft is shaped like a wing. Dozens of thrusters situated on its top and bottom shape airflow, replacing the work typically done by tail fins and ailerons. Onboard software varies the strength of each thruster to control pitch, side-to-side movement (yaw) and roll. BAE Systems engineers hope to begin test flights this month.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 2, 2010 08:28 AM


To better prepare for the War with the Machines.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 2, 2010 02:13 PM