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Monday, August 9, 2010

Got UAV?

Coordinated Illumination asks the question.

Watch the linked video as well.

Are there other such products out there?


Blogger pdxr13 said...

GPS chips as well as inertial nav are getting very-very-tiny and could be integrated with some basic on-board flight instructions like "fly to these coordinates/altitude, linger using this pattern (circle tight/wide, fig-8, etc.), when time elapses (or signal is received), proceed to recovery point (maybe downwind to avoid running out of power), or ditching point".

UAV could also function as a low-power repeater to enable line-of-sight comm with units in canyons, etc. The flash card could enable high-speed messaging up and down (orders/requests/etc.).

Cheap and disposable is good. The USMC thinks so about their arm-launched UAV, but "cheap" to them is the price of a new Toyota Corolla.


August 9, 2010 at 6:41 AM  
Blogger Bruce Krafft said...

It isn't real time, you have to land and collect the data but Sportsman's Guide has one: http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=535799

August 9, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yeah:


August 9, 2010 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger ranamacar said...

For the tech-savvy, there is http://diydrones.com/ using open-source boards and code to program your very own UAV/cruise missile.


August 9, 2010 at 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a kite for under $20?

Might be able to fit that in a pocket...


August 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger J. Croft said...

It would be better to have the UAV be able to fly a simple course from internal programming than have remote control as the signals can be tracked back to you by a sufficiently capable OPFOR, who if they have that capability will certainly also be able to drop ordnance on you.

Another possibility would be a miniature blimp using a see thru skin as both reconaissance and a aerial node for an ad hoc commo system.

Eventually the UAVs will need to be built so gather as much model airplane and aerospace industry books online as possible along with artificial intelligence how-to.

August 9, 2010 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous anhourofwolves said...

AR Drone

August 10, 2010 at 4:08 AM  
Anonymous TPaine said...

Needs downward-looking video and zoom capabilities, as well as autonomous programmed flight (using GPS). None of this is impossible and is actually quite readily accomplished by most techno-geeks (like me). What IS a problem is finances, but these prices are also coming down.

I really like the idea of repeater functions.

August 10, 2010 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous F. Tree said...

Here are some links I've found on this. Sailplane type models powered with an electric motor might be ideal.

August 10, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

worth a look - mikrokopter:


August 10, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

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