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By Lumistar's Chief Scientist

January 5, 2011

New Drone Can See ‘Everything’, Not One Fixed Target

Drone Gorgon Stare

By contrast to drones used today, using one camera only, the Air Force has announced that it will be deploying in Afghanistan a new weapon of airborne surveillance: ‘Gorgon Stare’. This new aircraft has nine cameras, including thermal imaging, and will be able to transmit up to 65 different images to up to 9 different users.  “With five electro-optical and four infrared cameras packed into each array, the system was designed to stitch a broad mosaic together, allowing several commanders on the ground to simultaneously grab slices of that bigger picture.”  The live video stream will transmit enemy movements for analysts to study or for soldiers to tap into immediately with a portable device the size of an ipad to track ground movements. Soldiers will know how a mission is going or when the optimal time to start a campaign of engagement – live.  Match the data with ‘boots on the ground’ in strategic places a new ground game is born “at the speed of war.”  Since the city is under constant surveillance and being recorded, analysts can go back to study who planted the latest IED, or if there is a pattern along a particular road.  As a bonus, because this small aircraft will be looking at an entire city at once, there will be no way for the adversary to know what the target is.

The Air Force is looking to mount wide-area surveillance cameras on airships that can stay aloft for up to two weeks. Each $17.5 million plane weighs 1,100 pounds, and because of its configuration will not be mounted with weapons.  They also envision it having civilian applications, including securing borders and aiding in natural disasters.

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  1. For those asking speed, I dont see whats wrong with leaving on AUTO as that’s the way the it is designed to run. I find it amazing that these drones can give sub-standard profiles for the case reviews (which most are). To get the benefit of lower noise and power consumption (the fan on the 400 series uses up alot of juice), the end user is supposed to mess with programs and manually set the speed whenever he wants to game. What a joke. If they did manually set the speed for the drone then those temps really are a joke.

    Comment by Jobert — December 10, 2012 @ 15:07


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  5. Take it at face value. Thanks for showing us this technology.

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