Drone blast from the blast

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Drone blast from the blast

Postby phavoc » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:06 pm

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
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Re: Drone blast from the blast

Postby Moppy » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:13 pm

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.
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Re: Drone blast from the blast

Postby Condottiere » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:30 am

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.
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Re: Drone blast from the blast

Postby baithammer » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:39 am

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.)
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Re: Drone blast from the blast

Postby Linwood » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:26 pm

Didn't the US Air Force have an unmanned "space plane" for just those kinds of missions?
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Re: Drone blast from the blast

Postby AndrewW » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:09 pm

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
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Re: Drone blast from the blast

Postby Condottiere » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:40 pm

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.

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