United States research as an excuse to deploy the Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft to the Pacific
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According to the U.S., “California Bakersfield News” reported on 16 January, a new generation of high-altitude long-endurance research platform – “Global Hawk” unmanned aerial vehicles, 15 in the United States Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Dryden Flight Research Center debut. The “Global Hawk” will take off and land base for the Dryden, starting from March this year, implementation of six in the Pacific Ocean expedition mission. Allegedly, this will be the first time, perform such non-military unmanned reconnaissance mission.
unmanned reconnaissance aircraft as well as “conversion”
these “Global Hawk” unmanned reconnaissance aircraft all from the military-industrial giant Northrop Northrop Grumman, in September 2007 by the U.S. military handed over to NASA. Currently, the Air Force has been equipped with newer unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, so the old model of “Global Hawk” on the expedition to the research departments perform tasks.
depending on mission requirements, including maintenance of sensors and scientific instruments, including the United States each year NASA will be in the “Global Hawk” spent 2 million to four million U.S. dollars. The project partners also include defense contractors, run jointly responsible for the ground control station, equipment maintenance and operation of UAVs. In addition, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of Energy intends to use the project in the expedition.
“Global Hawk” high-altitude flight to 20,000 meters more than 30 hours, their long voyages can help scientists validate data obtained from the satellite, to understand climate change and track hurricanes. Machines equipped with special equipment, can be used for remote telemetry, can also be detected in situ, these complex devices require a large research team to operate.
research while “part-time” engaged in intelligence
American scientist Paul Newman of “Global Hawk” as “a hybrid of satellite and aircraft.” However, the satellite can only perform once or twice daily tasks, and the “Global Hawk” can access data at any time, to complete a variety of “incredible work.” Air sampling is one of them, unmanned aerial vehicles to which the air suction bottle, so the scientists analyzed air samples. This time, Newman and a research group with the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, and carry out related research.
the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher Daiweifaai also said they want to use the “Global Hawk” for the Arctic temperature data. “We believe that the Arctic warming caused by human activity, but the Arctic is too far away, the lack of relevant information. Rely on unmanned aerial vehicles for information, you can know why the temperature continues to rise, and verify the theory.” In addition, people will use “Global Hawk” to track the storm path. “Research scientists want to know the storm hurricane formation, figure out its direction of motion, form and movement time.” Faedo said.
However, some military analysts say that, “Global Hawk” is still essentially an absolute military reconnaissance platforms, from research to the U.S. Air Force is responsible for the whole flight. On the other hand, the goal of this expedition, including the Asia Pacific region, but also the instruments on both machines for military purposes. So, if people find these one day during UAV research, it also engaged in gathering military intelligence, “sideline”, there is no need to feel how unexpected.