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(Yahoo)   As the X-47B makes its first carrier landing today, everyone is asking the same question: Will it buzz the tower   (news.yahoo.com ) divider line
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2013-07-10 08:19:35 AM  
Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.
 
2013-07-10 08:26:29 AM  
So, autonomous delivery of rubber dog shiat out of Hong Kong?  Kewl.
 
2013-07-10 08:29:44 AM  
Don't questions have a question mark at the end
 
2013-07-10 08:32:42 AM  
Huh, I would not have guessed that predators only weigh half a ton, and at 7 tons this bad boy is a LOT bigger than I thought as well.  Neat stuff, I wonder how big a payload it can carry, and how big the actual version is planned to be after they are done with the prototype phase.

How cool would it be if we could launch an F-35 and then give it 5 autonomous wingmen that follow it around providing air support, decoys/ECM, additional payload, really whatever you want.  Talk about a force multiplier.  Not to mention their utility as a stand-alone recon/deep-strike bomber, assuming they will make a stealthy version.

/You know everyone on the flight deck will be holding their breath as this thing comes screaming in
 
2013-07-10 08:34:21 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Don't questions have a question mark at the end


Whenever I end a fark headline with a "?" something in the code eats it.  I am sure there is a way around it, but I haven't figured it out.  I'm not a programmer, but I'm guessing that is what happened here.
 
2013-07-10 08:35:28 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Don't questions have a question mark at the end?


Oh and FTFY.
 
2013-07-10 08:38:06 AM  
Look out deck-apes, here she comes...
 
2013-07-10 09:00:39 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Huh, I would not have guessed that predators only weigh half a ton, and at 7 tons this bad boy is a LOT bigger than I thought as well.  Neat stuff, I wonder how big a payload it can carry, and how big the actual version is planned to be after they are done with the prototype phase.


This is a research-only program.  They've built two of them, and they're soon to retire.  Then other designs will be made into actual combat aircraft.
 
2013-07-10 09:01:17 AM  
I found a screenshot of the manual control UI.

www.vgmpf.com
 
2013-07-10 09:04:30 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: How cool would it be if we could launch an F-35 and then give it 5 autonomous wingmen that follow it around


Why would you even send out the F35?
 
2013-07-10 09:10:17 AM  

xanadian: Negative, Ghost Rider, the pattern is full.


Done in one . . .
 
2013-07-10 09:19:39 AM  
If anything goes wrong, she'll take care of it..
www.moviegoods.com

Or Jaime Foxx.
/Not Jaime Foxx.
 
2013-07-10 09:26:25 AM  

bulldg4life: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: How cool would it be if we could launch an F-35 and then give it 5 autonomous wingmen that follow it around

Why would you even send out the F35?


Government answer: Because we paid for it already and it is there on the carrier taking up space.

Thoughtful response:  Because it would give the drones the ability to make changes in their mission on-the-fly by following their "leader" as opposed to being purely pre-programmed flying waypoint-to-waypoint. (granted, I have no idea how complex their software is for running actual missions).  Less importantly, if things went haywire the live-piloted craft could shoot-down the drones to avoid the enemy getting their hands on them.
 
2013-07-10 09:37:00 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Thoughtful response: Because it would give the drones the ability to make changes in their mission on-the-fly by following their "leader" as opposed to being purely pre-programmed flying waypoint-to-waypoint. (granted, I have no idea how complex their software is for running actual missions). Less importantly, if things went haywire the live-piloted craft could shoot-down the drones to avoid the enemy getting their hands on them.


These aren't completely pre-programmed. They are real-time monitored and while the human may not be remotely flying the drone, they can and do direct the drone's actions.
 
2013-07-10 09:49:36 AM  

give me doughnuts: my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Thoughtful response: Because it would give the drones the ability to make changes in their mission on-the-fly by following their "leader" as opposed to being purely pre-programmed flying waypoint-to-waypoint. (granted, I have no idea how complex their software is for running actual missions). Less importantly, if things went haywire the live-piloted craft could shoot-down the drones to avoid the enemy getting their hands on them.

These aren't completely pre-programmed. They are real-time monitored and while the human may not be remotely flying the drone, they can and do direct the drone's actions.


I'd hope they are real time monitored and can't go off making their own decisions. Otherwise we might find them trying to vote for Nader.
 
2013-07-10 09:53:33 AM  
Headline is worthy of an interrobang.
 
2013-07-10 09:59:53 AM  

my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food: Huh, I would not have guessed that predators only weigh half a ton, and at 7 tons this bad boy is a LOT bigger than I thought as well.  Neat stuff, I wonder how big a payload it can carry, and how big the actual version is planned to be after they are done with the prototype phase.

How cool would it be if we could launch an F-35 and then give it 5 autonomous wingmen that follow it around providing air support, decoys/ECM, additional payload, really whatever you want.  Talk about a force multiplier.  Not to mention their utility as a stand-alone recon/deep-strike bomber, assuming they will make a stealthy version.

/You know everyone on the flight deck will be holding their breath as this thing comes screaming in


The beauty of drones will be fully realized when their capability to swarm is fully developed.
 
2013-07-10 10:30:04 AM  
An aeroplane.  How quaint.

images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Let me know when we get the VTOL version.
 
2013-07-10 10:37:35 AM  
Where does Goose sit in that thing?

Have to admit, it is a cute little toy.
 
2013-07-10 10:39:00 AM  

studebaker hoch: An aeroplane.  How quaint.

[images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 416x480]

Let me know when we get the VTOL version.


I'm waiting for the AT-AT and Scout Walker. Everything else is just a lead up.
 
2013-07-10 10:47:28 AM  
can it find Sara Connor?
 
2013-07-10 11:48:08 AM  
jpo2269

Where does Goose sit in that thing?

The jet inlet?

/We will be in the Hudson.  Don't tell anyone.
 
2013-07-10 12:25:48 PM  

ModernPrimitive01: can it find Sara Connor?


Google Maps says she is in Virgina at the Seven Bends Veterinary Hospital.
Lucky for her Google Maps is reporting the Terminator in Clarkesville Tennessee.
 
2013-07-10 12:35:04 PM  
Considering their service life, the F-35 and Raptor may be the last manned fighters we put in the field. Drones have too many advantages, once perfected.
 
2013-07-10 01:06:05 PM  
Nice headline.
 
2013-07-10 01:49:58 PM  
The aircraft handler's still out there doing his thing, even though there's no pilot to signal. Maybe the pilot's in the superstructure where he can see the handler's signals or something?
 
2013-07-10 02:14:42 PM  

Any Pie Left: Considering their service life, the F-35 and Raptor may be the last manned fighters we put in the field. Drones have too many advantages, once perfected.


I think you are right. But since the Air Force generals will all be former pilots, I have a feeling they will will continue pushing for manned aircraft long after their usefulness has expired.
 
2013-07-10 03:27:02 PM  

Kimpak: I found a screenshot of the manual control UI.

[www.vgmpf.com image 256x224]


hate hate hated that game.  could never land that freakin thing
 
2013-07-10 03:33:08 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: The aircraft handler's still out there doing his thing, even though there's no pilot to signal. Maybe the pilot's in the superstructure where he can see the handler's signals or something?


I was thinking the same thing, must be for the benefit of the deck crew.  The X47-B does not have a pilot, remote or otherwise.  This bird is flying itself.  You can send it new fly-to-points/commands/et al via datalink, but you cannot remotely fly it.
 
2013-07-10 04:05:10 PM  

dsmith42: Any Pie Left: Considering their service life, the F-35 and Raptor may be the last manned fighters we put in the field. Drones have too many advantages, once perfected.

I think you are right. But since the Air Force generals will all be former pilots, I have a feeling they will will continue pushing for manned aircraft long after their usefulness has expired.


But they rely on secure, uninterrupted, perfect communications with the ground station.  In a war against a major enemy, won't they be jammed?
 
2013-07-10 05:06:20 PM  

ArkPanda: dsmith42: Any Pie Left: Considering their service life, the F-35 and Raptor may be the last manned fighters we put in the field. Drones have too many advantages, once perfected.

I think you are right. But since the Air Force generals will all be former pilots, I have a feeling they will will continue pushing for manned aircraft long after their usefulness has expired.

But they rely on secure, uninterrupted, perfect communications with the ground station.  In a war against a major enemy, won't they be jammed?


No. See, the comms are secure, uninterrupted, and perfect.
 
2013-07-10 05:48:18 PM  
 dsmith42: Any Pie Left: Considering their service life, the F-35 and Raptor may be the last manned fighters we put in the field. Drones have too many advantages, once perfected.

I think you are right. But since the Air Force generals will all be former pilots, I have a feeling they will will continue pushing for manned aircraft long after their usefulness has expired.

But they rely on secure, uninterrupted, perfect communications with the ground station.  In a war against a major enemy, won't they be jammed?

No. See, the comms are secure, uninterrupted, and perfect.
I know, the Chinese are working on screwing up all the satellite coms and GPS systems in a big battle, this is why the DOD has pushed for an add-on to GPS receiver units that's a micro-scaled IMU which can fill in whenever the GPS is disrupted.  This will make a nice commercial spin-off for civilian GPS by the way: your Garmin or smartphine with the  the supplemental IMU means you won;t lose your turn by turn directions  by going thru tunnels, under bridges, or between tall buildings any more.Sat coms by laser as well as radio will have multimode and multiplex links, it is unlikely the enemy will be able to jam *every* coms option efficiently. And when the chicoms are shooting down U.S. tactical sats, well, the war will already have been escalated to a much higher level anyhow.
 
2013-07-10 08:24:12 PM  
Meh.

Someone will just use an optical tracking high powered laser or maser to overheat it's systems.
 
2013-07-10 11:55:47 PM  
I don't think the laser/maser idea works as well on a highly maneuverable, small-sized, and stealthy flying wing design, as it might on a large rocket moving on a predictable ballistic path.
 
2013-07-11 07:20:57 AM  
Soooooo...did it stick the landing or what?
 
2013-07-11 07:36:28 AM  
 
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