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These robots grow up so fast. It was just two years ago that personnel at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. escorted PopMech through the lab, describing how they were making the X-47B jet fighter-sized drone ready to take off and land from a carrier. Today, the unmanned naval demonstration aircraft launched from the deck of George H.W. Bush, zipped around the carrier a few times, and flew itself back to Pax River.


probably another PM article post that will only get two responses but cool anyway.

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Taking off from the carrier is a milestone, but it requires only that the X-47B can handle the steam catapult launch, the same gear used by conventional Navy warplanes. Navy researchers were more interested to see how the unmanned aircraft behaved near the carrier, a complicated place for air traffic control that's full of different radio frequency emissions. The Navy says the testers "demonstrated the ability to precisely navigate the X-47B within the controlled airspace around an aircraft carrier at sea and seamlessly pass control of the air vehicle from a 'mission operator' aboard the carrier" to one located in at NAS Patuxent River.

Over the next few weeks, the X-47B aircraft will fly several approaches to the ship. This will lead up to the big show—landing this thing a pitching flight deck. (The X-47B set down on land following this test.)

Landing on an aircraft carrier is one of the most difficult feats of aviation, requiring a clever mesh of man and machine. The Navy is building the X-47B's landing capability on technology pilots use today, the Precision Approach Landing System (PALS), but going beyond what it uses to help human aviators land on the deck. PALS uses SPN-46 radar to locate an aircraft in relation to a carrier. However the PALS radar covers only the rear of the carrier and is limited by the number of aircraft it can track simultaneously. These deficiencies make it unsuitable for controlling UAVs that are approaching to land.





















Captains Log 2013.14.5 The machines have become self aware.




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Good for the GMs on the cat walk. Those fricking F-18s rip your gear right off of your head


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Robots will soon rule the world.





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Landing on an aircraft carrier is one of the most difficult feats of aviation
says anyone that has played Top Gun on Nintendo.






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Um, no it really is. Have you seen an aircraft carrier from 10,000 ft. It's scary to think "oh, now I have to land on that."





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Um, no it really is.
Trust me, I know.






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thirty percent of our military is moving towards drones. it's only a matter time before we move fully that way.







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Napoleon


FWIW I read all your posts. Intelectually stimulating.

Playing black ops II, as shitty as everyone thinks, made me think of the whole terrorists controlling our drones scenario. Scarry shit

:inb4droneskillinnocents:






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FWIW I read all your posts.




Well that's not creepy






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Well that's not creepy








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Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx will save us.





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Great link. Thanks.





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Fighter mafia admirals feverishly working to torpedo this project as we speak..





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Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx will save us.

good lord that film was a dumpster fire.






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They've contemplated making passenger planes "pilot-less" and are fully capable of doing so, but it will never happen because people would be way too nervous for that.





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So who lands it? The guy on the carrier or the guy at Patuxent?

Please tell me they nicknamed this thing the Devil Ray






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They've contemplated making passenger planes "pilot-less" and are fully capable of doing so, but it will never happen because people would be way too nervous for that.


People just dont like the idea of a pilot sitting at his desk flying a plane then "DOH.. I just killed 200 people" You like to know the pilot has more at stake.






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Robots will soon rule the world.


No doubt, the only thing they are missing is the ability to identify, then they will be given decision making programming, terminator shite after that.






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Trust me, I know.







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This is totally cool but....





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