Drones and their use by government and private bodies

A drone is a remotely controlled unmanned flying vehicle that can also be used for specific jobs in addition to being able to fly. Drones are used for photo and video recording from above. Some are used to perform scientific or technical measurements. Some carry weapons and are used as combat tools. Still others are used to transport cargo and mail between locations. The latest developments are drones that carry tools for installation and repair.

The basic technology in a drone consists of some kind of power plant, some propulsion mechanism, some kind of steering mechanism, some kind of sensor to recognize location and path and a sender-receiver unit to transmit and receive signals for direction and recording. Drones are found in all shapes that you can find on larger airplanes and also in all kinds of exotic shapes such as oblong aircraft, discs, triangles, donuts, stars or they can look like large insects or birds.

Small or light drones are usually driven by propellers connected to battery-powered electric motors. Increasingly, very light drones, powered by solar panels, are produced that can fly in the air for several weeks in principle. Some drones are held in the air by an air-gas lighter, such as an airship, which also makes the drone able to stay in the air for a long time. Larger or heavier drones are mainly driven by some type of combustion engine, such as piston engines, turboprop engines or turbojet engines.

It is also possible to build nuclear-powered drones that can remain in the air for days or weeks, and especially if these drones are partially manufactured as gas-filled airships. Such sources of nuclear energy need not be what is considered atomic reactors. The power source may be special isotopes that radiate intensely and thus produce enough heat to power the drone. Some of these isotopes primarily radiate alpha or beta rays that can be protected without heavy armor.

Since most uses of drones are kept secret or simply not publicly announced, it is difficult to give a full explanation of the extent of their use and who is using them, but a very clear picture comes from official sources, journalistic articles. and scientific, drone producer commercials, and stories of people coming into contact with drones in use.

Most drones are probably used by civil authorities and homeowners for home surveillance of various types such as border control, road traffic surveillance, fire detection, aerial photography, geographic mapping, pipeline control, power grid control and surveillance of crowd behavior. Drones are increasingly used to convey visions of sports championships. Police use drones to detect and investigate crimes, a practice that also appears to involve direct spying by drones on private citizens in their homes.

Since then, military forces have used drones for surveillance of foreign territories and combat zones. The use of small tactical drones for bomb delivery, missile launching and projection is old but is becoming increasingly important. Until 2014, these drones are widely used to guard terrorist bases, bomb these bases and kill individuals suspected of terrorism. A classic surveillance drone used by both military and civilian authorities is the global Hauk RQ-4. The Northrop-Grumman MQ-8 small helicopter drones (A, B and C) are examples of small surveillance combat drones used in local operations and launched from small vessels or ground troops.

Larger long range drones, comparable to bomber planes, are in use for both surveillance and ground and sea level targets. Well-known examples of them are the Atomics MQ-1 predator, the Atomics MQ-9 Reaper capable of carrying a heavier weapon load and the even more advanced Atomics Avenger stealth jet combat drone. The Isreeli Eitan drone is a large, long-range ground-level surveillance drone capable of being airborne for 70 hours.

Effective laser guns have already been invented and laser-armed drones are probably a reality until 2014, at least in experimental versions, but these drones must be of some size because the laser needs a large power generator powered by a laser. turbine engine.

The technical control mechanisms, however, by 2014 are unlikely to be so advanced that fully reliable supersonic drones can be built with fighter aircraft capabilities. However, unmanned supersonic stealth fighter planes have been under construction for some time and have been in 2014 for a long time since they were tested. Of these, the Northrop-Grumman x47B stealth bomber drone is about to be deployed in 2014 for realistic testing of carrier combat operations.

British company BAE is developing a supersonic stealth bomber fighter drone in a project called Taranis. French producer Dessault, along with other European participants, are working on a similar project called nEUROn. Both projects produced experimental versions that will be tested by 2014. There is speculation that the sixth generation of fighters will not be manned or could be manned or drone, depending on the choice. Lockheed-Martin Skunk Works and Boeing Corporation Phantom Works are the leading US combat vehicle developers, including unmanned aircraft.

Available information seems to indicate that Lockheed Martin is developing unmanned fighter jets that use much of the same technology as the F35B, stealth vertical takeoff and landing, supersonic fighter aircraft and that they are also developing a high-flying hypersonic unmanned spy plane. . It is logical to think that this hypersonic plan will also have bombing capabilities.

Drones that mimic birds or other small animals have been developed and can be used for spying, projecting or injecting poison into targets. It is rumored that these drones are already being used by certain authority units. Rumors may say that even spy and attack drones, which resemble insects in shape and size, are being developed. Probably microtechnology has not gone so far that such drones can be manufactured, but the physical possibility of making these drones is there.

The US has plans to allow the permanent construction of balloon-powered drones powered by solar panels in the upper atmosphere for surveillance. These drones can be built at lower altitudes to avoid clouds and patrol an area, something you can't do with satellites. But possibly high flying drones operating in the air for days or weeks, powered by nuclear power, have been in use for a long time. Certain UFO observations seem to point in that direction.

One may ask how often people see drones in flight or in use by 2014. Of course there are no statistics on this. Sometimes people see flying objects that are clearly recognized as drones. Most of the time, it will be difficult to decide what is seen. Most UFO reports in 2014 are probably caused by drones.

Because at least larger drones are comparable to other air traffickers, they are required to keep flashlights and other means to warn of a collision, but as government agencies operating drones often want to keep the flight secret, these drones Flashlights may only light when there is other traffic in the vicinity or when operators want eye contact. This type of intermittent light emission is typical of many classic UFO sightings.

In addition, the flying pattern of a drone used for surveillance and investigation will mimic the pattern seen by objects in UFO reports: Sometimes they fly at varying speeds, sometimes stop and just hover, change direction, often change. steering. above, do some maneuvers near the ground and then fly up and away.

Also drone lights can be used to illuminate targets, usually on the ground, for image recording, which is also seen in classic UFO stories. Many drones also have the form of a classic UFO. In addition, drones will only make little noise, which is also characteristic of so-called UFOs.