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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 05-15-2013, 12:47 PM   #16
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A lot of young or aspiring fighter-pilots just shat themselves.
Indeed, although the X-47B isn't exactly a fighter. It won't last long in a dogfight.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:48 PM   #17
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:49 PM   #18
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Indeed, although the X-47B isn't exactly a fighter. It won't last long in a dogfight.
Mostly just a long distance surveillance drone isn’t it?
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:49 PM   #19
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They don't.
What do you mean "they don't"?

This shot looks like it's folded up.

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Old 05-15-2013, 12:50 PM   #20
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What do you mean "they don't"?

This shot looks like it's folded up.

UMMM..
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:50 PM   #21
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What do you mean "they don't"?

This shot looks like it's folded up.

Sorry, I meant that the wings folding don't add much at all to the RCS.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:50 PM   #22
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What do you mean "they don't"?

This shot looks like it's folded up.

“They don’t” affect it’s stealth, I believe is what he’s saying.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #23
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Indeed, although the X-47B isn't exactly a fighter. It won't last long in a dogfight.
Take the pilot out of a fighter and you can design fighters that do not have to carry life support systems or design with human limitations in mind such as G force limitations. Fighter designs will be able to leap forward.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:51 PM   #24
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Indeed, although the X-47B isn't exactly a fighter. It won't last long in a dogfight.
What happens if you put drone controls in a FY-22?

Will be happening sooner than later. 6th generation (?) fighter will not contain a pilot.

For you SiFi geeks, what was that Stargate TV episode where Jack is flying a fighter drone wearing a 360 degree viewing helmet?
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:52 PM   #25
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Sorry, I meant that the wings folding don't add much at all to the RCS.
Got it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:53 PM   #26
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Mostly just a long distance surveillance drone isn’t it?
The 47B is a demonstrator for UCLASS (Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System). It's unlikely that the 47B will ever carry weapons, but UCLASS birds will.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:54 PM   #27
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What happens if you put drone controls in a FY-22?

Will be happening sooner than later.

For you SiFi geeks, what was that Stargate TV episode where Jack is flying a fighter drone wearing a 360 degree viewing helmet?
Drone fighters are going to change the battlefield a lot more than recon drones IMO. They'll be able to push the physical limits of an air-frame a lot further than they are now.

Image trying to fight something that can easily pull 20g and maintain it?
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:55 PM   #28
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Take the pilot out of a fighter and you can design fighters that do not have to carry life support systems or design with human limitations in mind such as G force limitations. Fighter designs will be able to leap forward.
Yep, G loading has been a major limitation of our fighters (because of the human) for some time.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #29
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Take the pilot out of a fighter and you can design fighters that do not have to carry life support systems or design with human limitations in mind such as G force limitations. Fighter designs will be able to leap forward.
Definitely.
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I can just imagine our fighter pilots fighting from inside what looks like a flight simulator, flying drones in combat and simply dominating the skies...
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