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Drones Can Refuel Midair

October 9, 2012 by  

Drones Can Refuel Midair

New tests suggest that once a drone takes off, it may be a while before it has to land. The U.S. military has shown how drones can refuel while in the air. This ability has sparked discussions of so-called flying gas stations to be used over areas of combat in the future.

“The goal of this demonstration was to create the expectation that future [High Altitude Long Endurance] aircraft will be refueled in flight,” said Jim McCormick, program manager at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Initially, DARPA had low expectations in regard to drones refueling midair. But it has been able to reach success rates of about 60 percent.

New technology is in the works for drones. The Stalker, a small battery-powered drone, could be recharged midair with lasers.

“This test is one of the final steps in bringing laser-powered flight to the field,” said Tom Nugent, president of LaserMotive. “By enabling in-flight recharging, this system will ultimately extend capabilities, improve endurance and enable new missions for electric aircraft.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Mike

    I wonder how well they fly with bullet holes in them. Better not fly over my house.

    • http://none Charlie

      Yeah, We think these mechanical ducks will be the American Hunter special , might even put it on the B and C list…

    • FreedomFighter

      Guns in the sky

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

    • Benjamin Fox

      Mike I have seen one near my apartment, I believe they will soon be used against us?

      • Kate 8

        Benjamin – I saw one flying over my house, too, awhile back.


  • Mr. Walker

    They should also develop drone tankers for fighter jets.

  • Kate8

    I read an article awhile back that said that many of them are equipped with solar systems, so they never need refueling.

    Drones are being used to spray chemtrails, as well, using self-replicating gunk which they spray on us, so they can stay up for months.

    I also read that they are easily hacked by anyone who knows how to mess with GPS. I thought it would be neat to reprogram a few to fly over the homes of those who have ordered them to fly over ours, and maybe make a strong statement.

    Scripture says that the wicked will be caught in their own snares. What can be used against us, can be used against THEM.

  • Hedgehog

    Are they sure that the picture is of midair refueling and not a mating flight. I wouldn’t put it past the US military to build turing potential (reproduction) into drones. Well, got to go polish my tin hat and clean my guns, waiting for the balloon to go up is a pain in the sitter.

    • Steve E

      Fly United.

      • http://none Charlie

        Mother UAL is just another whore among the Airlines,,,what did they do to expose 911,,,the fed pimps bought them off with your $$$$000000000000000000000………..

  • Benjamin Fox

    They now have some that think for themselves and don’t need human controllers, who will they be used against? Not islamic terrorist, that would be obozo killing his own.

  • Chester

    A couple of kickers here. First, Turing potential has nothing to do with reproduction, but being able to converse with a computer exactly as you would a human being and not know the difference. Secondly, the drones that “think for themselves” are being used all over Asia, and anywhere else we want quick surveillance info. They are given a destination, then launched, and can fly to where you want to have pictures taken, take the pictures, then fly back home. You can change programming in midflight, and digital photography allows the pictures to be processed and viewed in near real time.


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