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(Wired)   Sneak a peek Inside NASA's Global Hawk hangar. And why not? Drones like these will be peeking on you soon enough   (wired.com) divider line 22
    More: Interesting, Global Hawks, NASA, Air Force Base, Dryden Flight Research Center, unmanned aircraft, Northrop Grumman, wingspans  
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3833 clicks; posted to Geek » on 21 Sep 2012 at 9:12 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-09-21 09:44:05 AM  
You could fit a dozen ceiling cats in that thing.
 
2012-09-21 09:48:41 AM  
Hey, if these things scare you, just pull that red thing on the wall...

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2012-09-21 10:08:17 AM  
Kobalt tool boxes? NASA is buying their maintenance gear at Lowe's?
 
2012-09-21 10:38:59 AM  

scanman61: Kobalt tool boxes? NASA is buying their maintenance gear at Lowe's?


Is that a problem? Does their NASA-ness make their tool storage needs drastically different from other mechanics?
 
2012-09-21 10:39:52 AM  
Wow, I can't believe I never realized how huge those are.
Great article.
 
2012-09-21 10:57:15 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Hey, if these things scare you, just pull that red thing on the wall...


Holy shiat.
 
2012-09-21 10:58:36 AM  

scanman61: Kobalt tool boxes? NASA is buying their maintenance gear at Lowe's?


Lowe's does have a government contract, so, yes?
 
2012-09-21 11:03:38 AM  

Shrugging Atlas: Quantum Apostrophe: Hey, if these things scare you, just pull that red thing on the wall...

Holy shiat.


I thought it was plastic model planes at first... But then I saw the A-10 peeking out like a frog, and part of the F-15's wing and somehow the actual scale came into focus for me.
 
2012-09-21 11:07:45 AM  
Wow. A hanger.
 
2012-09-21 11:11:47 AM  

limboslam: Wow. A hanger.


This is a hanger.

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Are you in the wrong thread?
 
2012-09-21 11:17:43 AM  

scanman61: Kobalt tool boxes? NASA is buying their maintenance gear at Lowe's?


Back when I was in the National Guard, they introduced a new program for the maintenance folks. Rather than trying to purchase, stock and track every random tool you might need to keep a tank running, they simply gave the department a tool allowance and told them to go down to the local Sears. It worked great- the Army is never good at figuring out that crews tend to lose specific sockets while they never even take certain wrenches out of storage. The guys on the ground know what they need and can get them cheaper and quicker via commercial suppliers.

The folks at Northern Warfare school did the same thing- a lot of their gear was civilian.
 
2012-09-21 12:44:49 PM  
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"Wave at the nice unmanned drone Billy.."
"Now RUN!"
 
2012-09-21 03:33:01 PM  
honest question: why do unmanned drone aircraft still have a "cockpit shape"? Is it essential to aerodynamics or just because "that makes it look like a plane" ?
 
2012-09-21 05:40:16 PM  

LasersHurt: scanman61: Kobalt tool boxes? NASA is buying their maintenance gear at Lowe's?

Is that a problem? Does their NASA-ness make their tool storage needs drastically different from other mechanics?


When I worked for NASA at Michaud Assembly Facility every tool and toolbox was Snap-on.

That's where I learned about the difference between quality tools and Craftsman, Cobalt, etc.
 
2012-09-21 06:15:49 PM  
Absolutely right, subby. These things will be part of the system of "total information awareness" being planned for us by our ruling class. Don't rock the boat, kiddies.Don't protest too loudly. Vote for Party A or Party B, it makes no real difference, we own them both.

Imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.
 
2012-09-21 06:30:30 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Hey, if these things scare you, just pull that red thing on the wall...

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Looks like a foam party all ya need is a few lasers a DJ and girls in bikinis!!
 
2012-09-21 08:35:12 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: limboslam: Wow. A hanger.

This is a hanger.

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Are you in the wrong thread?


This isn't the pro-life/pro-abortion thread?
 
2012-09-21 10:34:21 PM  

SexOnTV: honest question: why do unmanned drone aircraft still have a "cockpit shape"? Is it essential to aerodynamics or just because "that makes it look like a plane" ?


It's a good way to increase internal volume for avionics and other electronics while still sticking to a shape that's well-understood aerodynamically. You're also correct that's it's a familiar, aesthetically pleasing design. In contrast, I still can't look at a Predator drone without thinking that it's flying upside-down, just because I'm not used to rear vertical stabilizers that point downward.
 
2012-09-22 05:15:40 AM  

ScottRiqui: SexOnTV: honest question: why do unmanned drone aircraft still have a "cockpit shape"? Is it essential to aerodynamics or just because "that makes it look like a plane" ?

It's a good way to increase internal volume for avionics and other electronics while still sticking to a shape that's well-understood aerodynamically. You're also correct that's it's a familiar, aesthetically pleasing design. In contrast, I still can't look at a Predator drone without thinking that it's flying upside-down, just because I'm not used to rear vertical stabilizers that point downward.


I believe it houses the steerable satellite antenna??
 
2012-09-22 05:41:23 AM  
 
2012-09-22 08:33:27 AM  

phlatulence: I believe it houses the steerable satellite antenna??


Yep - that's what's inside the "bulge" on the Global Hawk. If you were to start off with a blank sheet of paper, there are other configurations of engine(s)/wings/antennae that would work, but there's no sense in re-inventing the wheel.
 
2012-09-22 04:55:39 PM  

ScottRiqui: phlatulence: I believe it houses the steerable satellite antenna??

Yep - that's what's inside the "bulge" on the Global Hawk. If you were to start off with a blank sheet of paper, there are other configurations of engine(s)/wings/antennae that would work, but there's no sense in re-inventing the wheel.


Most MALE and HALE seem to be pusher config so may be putting sensors and comms away from interference??
 
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