SoCal Drone Zone

It’s not just novice surfers and medi-weed connoisseurs that thrive in Southern California’s impeccably chill weather. The region’s climate and universities, specifically in and around San Diego, are perfectly suited for the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. That’s according to Kelly Cunningham, a National Institute for Policy Research economist…

The “Benefits” Of Nuclear UAVs

In March 2012, Sandia National Laboratories released a summary of research it had conducted with Northrop Grumman‘s unmanned systems division concerning an “ultra-persistent propulsion and power system” for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The conclusion was that UAVs could be built with longer endurance and lower operating cost than with hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuel, creating “unmatched…

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…

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…

Unmanned aircraft to get cues from unattended ground sensors

Spy “rocks” talking to robot aircraft might be the future of USA-Mexico border surveillance if Lockheed Martin’s newly-updated network of small, easily disguised unattended ground sensors performs as promised. In February, the company plans to have its Self–Powered Ad–hoc Network (SPAN) automatically cue a hand-launched unmanned aircraft in a test held at Camp Roberts, California.…

Nuclear Drones

The Secret Nuclear Drone Tech The US Government Hid Sandia National Laboratories cooks up some of the craziest new technologies you’ll ever see — and some you’ll never see. That’s the fate of a secret method for driving drones with nuclear power. The tech was uncovered in a document acquired by the Federation of American…