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Navy balloon launches drone... that launches... additional drones

 
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Navy Balloon Launches Drone, Which Drops Two More Spy Bots

It just might be the most convoluted spy program in the Pentagon’s history: Fly a balloon up to 60,000 feet, and have it unleash a drone. Then, have that drone deploy several smaller surveillance drones that glide to the ground and collect data. Rube Goldberg, call your office.

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The Navy started with a high-altitude balloon. To the end of the balloon, they attached a simple, mid-sized Tempest drone — each one has a 10-foot wingspan and can carry a 10-pound payload.

But we’re not done yet. The Tempest, in turn, is carrying two tiny Cicada drones — one under each wing.



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The Cicada drones are tiny gliders, each about the size of a small bird and undetectable to radar. Plus, because the drones don’t have a motor or propulsion system, they’re essentially noiseless.

Their drones-within-a-drone-within-a-balloon contraption complete, the Navy conducted a series of eight aerial tests. And — shazzam! — the clever plot worked: Unleashed at 57,000 feet, the Tempest drones traveled as far as 30 nautical miles before unleashing their Cicada cargo. Once deployed, the Cicada drones glided an extra 11 miles, and landed an average of 15 feet away from their target locations.

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...this “straight forward” scheme is expected to get a little more complex. Eventually, the Navy hopes to deploy hundreds of Cicada drones from an aerial vehicle, and disperse them to deluge a hostile area with secret sensors.
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Drones-in-a-box.

Replicators. chuckle

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I wonder where we're going to use this technology at? 1dunno1
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I wonder where we're going to use this technology at? 1dunno1
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And in the drone, carried by the drone, launched from the balloon, tied to a ship that lived in the house that etc etc
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I wonder where we're going to use this technology at? 1dunno1
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Wonder no more...WE are the desired target. PRAY.
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I agree, but eventually.

Watching Middle East events (especially after the epic drone fail), methinks over there first.
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And in the drone, carried by the drone, launched from the balloon, tied to a ship that lived in the house that etc etc
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Now, what did I tell you about docking the ship in the house?

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Let Iran try and intercept this one. Bitches...

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Let Iran try and intercept this one. Bitches...

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It looks a tad more user-friendly (and idiot-proof). chuckle
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lol
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