The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

The Predator Drone, though best known as the CIA’s primary weapon in the war against Al Qaeda, was merely an unarmed, remote-control intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft when the Defense Department first bought it in 1994. As detailed in Richard Whittle‘s Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution, the Predator’s configuration was derived from…

2013 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Legislation

**** Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, have a host of applications:  law enforcement, land surveillance, wildlife tracking, search and rescue operations, disaster response, border patrol and photography among others. Many state legislatures are debating if and how UAS technology should be regulated, taking into account privacy concerns, the…

Lasers As Weapons

The U.S. military’s research program on laser weapons continues to make strides in demonstrating the potential of directed energy to defend against missiles, artillery shells, and other explosives at the speed of light. Laser weapons have been used in test firings from the ground to successfully shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and to destroy…

The Dangers Of Nuclear Powered Drones, And Plutonium For Spacecraft

The crash of a U.S. drone on the Seychelles Island in 2012  was the second crash of a U.S. drone on Seychelles in four months during a U.S. surveillance missions over Somalia. This underlines the deadly folly of a U.S. collaboration with national laboratory scientists and the Northrop Grumman Corp. for nuclear-powered drones. The use of nuclear power…

Insects Robocop’s: Government Insects Drones

When New York college students attended an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square they were convinced they saw small flying machines that were “definitely not insects” hovering above. Bernard Crane, a Washington Lawyer, saw them too and said he had never seen anything like them in his life. These sightings are among a group of sightings…

Drone Development Has Exceeded The Pace Of The Law

Perhaps any technology born for war and covert surveillance was fated to struggle in its attempt to make a transition to domestic life. That is certainly the case for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as “drones,” which are experiencing an arduous journey from foreign battlefields to the public airspace…

Nuclear UAV Drones Could Fly for Months at a Time

A General Atomics MQ-9 (aka Predator B, Reaper or Guardian) UAV drone’s flight duration could be increased from days to months with the addition of a nuclear power source according to military research. Nuclear-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that would increase operational flight durations from days to months are a technological possibility today, according to…