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Old 05-15-2013, 12:09 PM  
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US Navy launches X-47B drone from aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news...w-bush05152013

A drone the size of a fighter jet took off from the deck of an American aircraft carrier for the first time Tuesday in a test flight that could eventually open the way for the U.S. to launch unmanned aircraft from just about any place in the world.

The X-47B is the first drone designed to take off and land on a carrier, meaning the U.S. military would not need permission from other countries to use their bases.

"As our access to overseas ports, forward operating locations and airspace is diminished around the world, the value of the aircraft carrier and the air wing becomes more and more important," Rear Adm. Ted Branch, commander of Naval Air Forces Atlantic, said after the flight off the Virginia coast. "So today is history."

The move to expand the capabilities of the nation's drones comes amid growing criticism of America's use of Predators and Reapers to gather intelligence and carry out lethal missile attacks against terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Critics in the U.S. and abroad have charged that drone strikes cause widespread civilian deaths and are conducted with inadequate oversight.

Still, defense analysts say drones are the future of warfare.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:13 PM   #76
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I'm telling you all, it's just a matter of time before Skynet becomes self-aware.
First thing I thought of as well.

(Like the above post as well)

And damn, that thing is a monster!
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:33 PM   #77
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Some of those drones are sooo BADASS looking, i wonder where they got the inspiration for their design...
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #78
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It's just the beginning though. Once they make drones totally self-sufficient, these things can out maneuver any piloted craft because it won't have to worry about blacking out / crushing the meatbag riding in the fuselage.
You make an excellent point there, thought provoking to say the least.

But having just finished "Yeager" - one of the 10 most absorbing, exciting and interesting books i've ever read - i'm not so sure that even this extreme tech is a match for the human brain and ingenuity.

Seriously for anyone here who's interested in this sort of thing, that book is awesome... that was a redblooded, highly intuitive all-american MAN.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:43 PM   #79
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You make an excellent point there, thought provoking to say the least.

But having just finished "Yeager" - one of the 10 most absorbing, exciting and interesting books i've ever read - i'm not so sure that even this extreme tech is a match for the human brain and ingenuity.

Seriously for anyone here who's interested in this sort of thing, that book is awesome... that was a redblooded, highly intuitive all-american MAN.
Chuck's still alive.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:44 PM   #80
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I wonder if it takes unleaded?
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:55 PM   #81
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Chuck's still alive.
Wow, i was just kinda guessing he was gone... he must be 90 years old by now.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:09 PM   #82
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Wow, i was just kinda guessing he was gone... he must be 90 years old by now.
Yes, he is. And, he went supersonic last year on the 65th anniversary of his 1947 flight in an F-15 at Nellis.
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That's already happened with the Sentinel that "landed" in Iran.
Just goes to show that in spite of most media reports of them being a beaten giant... the russians are nipping at our heals every step of the way.
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Yes, he is. And, he went supersonic last year on the 65th anniversary of his 1947 flight in an F-15 at Nellis.
You're ****ing kidding me, right?

Supersonic at that age? what a MAN he is, my God i developed a serious mancrush after reading that book... his eagle-like eyesight and instincts must not have failed him yet.

This guy... i just couldnt be more impressed, i inhaled his book like a fat birthday boy on his cake... theres no replacing the human element.
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:27 PM   #85
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You work at Pax?
Actual flights out at Edwards, lab testing in San Diego.
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