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Drone blast from the blast

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:06 pm
by phavoc
The CIA had Lockheed Martin build a A-12 (SR-71) with a Mach-3 drone to spy on China. Very interesting!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTLVNUVGPX4

Re: Drone blast from the blast

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:13 pm
by Moppy
Additional information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_o ... l_vehicles

Looks like the first thing we'd call a full-sized UAV (engine, and radio controlled by an operator) was in 1935. I'm not counting things in which the course was pre-determined before launch.

Re: Drone blast from the blast

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:30 am
by Condottiere
All you need is a satellite with sensitive enough equipment.

The difference is that unless you expend limited fuel resources, satellites have a known orbit, whereas reconnaissance vehicles can be discretely inserted.

Re: Drone blast from the blast

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:39 am
by baithammer
Not all satellites have a fixed orbit and can be moved (Slowly) into another orbit.

Further, there appears to be a sort of hybrid approach with certain satellites where they exhibit fuller range of motion than would be required for orbiting. ( Alleged Russian or Chinese object seen moving between satellites.)

Re: Drone blast from the blast

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:26 pm
by Linwood
Didn't the US Air Force have an unmanned "space plane" for just those kinds of missions?

Re: Drone blast from the blast

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:09 pm
by AndrewW
Linwood wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:26 pm
Didn't the US Air Force have an unmanned "space plane" for just those kinds of missions?
The X-37:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-37

Re: Drone blast from the blast

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:40 pm
by Condottiere
Still takes fuel to move a satellite.

Hunter killer satellites tend to be one shot missions, expensive reconnaissance ones aren't moved unless the information is considered critical.

However, the Air Force has been sending up it's spaceplane drone, possibly doing maintenance and refuelling.