Thursday, November 1, 2007
"DARPA, the Pentagon's far-side research agency, has a plan to send a robotic surveillance drone anywhere in the world within an hour. And it is apparently intended for one particular user: The President of the United States. Space News reports on this "Rapid Eye" unmanned aerial vehicle project......
The concept of using rockets to deploy sensors as rapidly as possible to any hot spot throughout the world also is a goal of the U.S. Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space initiative.
"We didn't have that in mind," Tether said, noting that DARPA's concept for Rapid Eye is to support "the president." Nevertheless, the same concept could be used to support military personnel in the field, Tether said.
Sounds interesting. Now, I'm hoping there's an obvious answer to this question: How will Russia's early warning system know -- prior to reentry -- that the zillion-mile-per-hour projectile is carrying a drone, and not, say, a nuclear warhead?....."