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« Reply #15 on: Dec 6th, 2013, 7:38pm »

One Nation Under Drones

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December 6, 2013

The continuing escalation of newsworthy drone-related stories recently included Amazon's announcement that it is considering employing unmanned aerial vehicles for delivery purposes. While the revelation curiously aired on the eve of Cyber Monday, an occurrence causing some to suspect it a clever ploy by the retail giant to create itself valuable and timely shopping season attention, the concept of commercial drones nonetheless deserves consideration.

The same could be said for a number of aspects of what might reasonably be termed the runaway circumstances. When we consider drones first took to the air nearly 100 years ago, it might almost make one wonder what took so long for them to catch on to their current extent. One way or another, we might as well accept the skies are (once again) forever changed.

This WASP Can Sting

In 2011, seeming now to have been ages ago on the fast paced drone time line of late, a couple of crafty security experts created the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, or WASP. Even with all the talk going around of fascinating technology and questionable surveillance, the point might well be argued that the average individual often does not understand deeper ramifications of electronic warfare. Suffice it to say that was not the case with WASP inventors Mike Tassey and Richard Perkins.

They put together a 14-pound, six-foot long UAV that could locate WiFi signals, crack passwords and, basically, hack electronically transmitted data while it hovered in the vicinity. It was equipped with a Linux computer about the size of a pack of smokes. The drone's flight path could be programmed, the vehicle carried a camera and, for a finale, it could imitate cell phone towers. That means the WASP could “fool” cell phones into transmitting through it, instead of normal service providers, enabling its operators to intercept and fully eavesdrop on calls.

Pirates and Parrots

If we are going to talk commercial delivery drones, we might as well consider hijackers. You didn't think all those retail goods were just going to fly around up there without attracting attention, did you? Security researcher Samy Kamkar created somewhat of a pirate drone. His masterpiece can monitor and inject packets into other wireless networks – such as those on board other drones. That allows one to remotely identify and seize control of another aerial vehicle. Once the original operator is disconnected from their drone, it's all over but the replacement of inventory.

Such technology might cause one to wonder a bit about the circumstances surrounding the story of the drone lost in Lake Ontario. The New York Air National Guard apparently lost track of a $4 million MQ-9 Reaper when it reportedly crashed suddenly about three hours into a practice mission. The Coast Guard couldn't find it and the Air Force was called in to investigate. No kidding.

A trip to a local mall recently revealed a drone for sale at a toy store. I'm not sure how much good can come out of a kid having a Parrot quadricopter with a camera that allows remote filming. Auto record activates at take off. The Parrot can be controlled via standard mobile devices and the operator can view the flight through the camera lens as compared to having to be within visual range. Actually, I'm not sure how much good can come out of any consumer having something like that.

A Parrot will set you back about 300 bucks. What do you suppose $4 million worth of drone can do?

While Amazon might be among the higher profile corporations to get in on the drone act, they are by no means among the first. The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre of Vancouver flew a drone in the vicinity of a minor league baseball game in an apparent attempt to drum up attention and support. The craft was intentionally designed to look a whole lot like a flying saucer of UFO lore. That resulted in the anticipated flood of UFO reports, but when the corporation admitted it had essentially executed a hoax in pursuit of gaining attention, numerous people expressed significant disappointment with MacMillan.

Escalating Circumstances

Despite the seeming blitz of drone stories, ever watchful Steven Aftergood reported a decline in Department of Defense budget requests for drone projects. The 2014 budget included $2.3 billion for work related to unmanned aerial systems, compared to $3.4 billion in 2013. It should be noted, however, that black budgets are of course classified, and reported figures might not entirely represent the amount of funds and subsequent attention allocated to drones.

Wired carried a story in November suggesting future military drones will be able to transform themselves. Sandia National Laboratories is working on a craft that can fly, swim, drive and even hop its way through its mission.

Business Insider reported in November that Iranian aircraft consistently engage American drones. The article stated the drones had abilities to fly outside the atmosphere, cruise at ten times the speed of sound and render controls on Iranian F-14 aircraft inoperative. In at least one circumstance an Iranian fighter jet reportedly exploded in flight resulting in two casualties while engaging an apparent drone.

The drone situation is now progressing at such a rapid pace that in just the two days it took me to compose this post, more significant news broke. Drawing the attention of intelligence analysts far and wide, a December 6 Aviation Week exclusive shed more light on some previously classified circumstances of dronedom. The piece explained how officials have been directing their resources and attention, apparently culminating in projected additions to the current drone fleet that include stealth capabilities, among other news of note to the Beltway crowd.

Lethal Strikes

No post on the topic would be complete without directly addressing infamous lethal drone strikes. Alarming numbers of global civilian casualties are consistently reported. In a show of protest, thousands of Pakistani citizens temporarily blocked a road used as a NATO supply line to troops in Afghanistan.

In what veteran journalist Abby Martin called the most important interview she ever did, Martin spoke with the Rehman family of Pakistan. They explained circumstances surrounding the death of the family grandmother due to an American drone strike. One of the younger family members observed his grandmother killed while the woman stood in their yard.

The drone saga clearly winds through the Pentagon, corporate North America, UFO Land, toy stores and even ball parks. It is sadly and critically winding through other parts of the world as well. Drones and their policy makers are destined to continue their influence on our lives and interests and, in all likelihood, a great deal more so than is currently the case.

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« Reply #16 on: Jan 4th, 2014, 7:19pm »

US military report predicts drone swarms, highly autonomous UAVs

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January 4, 2014

The US military hopes that drones will be capable of changing their own missions, altering course without a human command, and buzzing through the skies in coordinated groups within the next 25 years, according to a new Defense Department report.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) explained its hopes for the upcoming decades in its Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released to the public last week. At nearly 150 pages, the report outlines a variety of goals for air, land, and sea vehicles – yet the unmanned aerial systems (as drones are called) are featured prominently throughout.

For all the science fiction fears drones have roused amongst the public, the technology that the military relies so heavily on is still in its relative infancy. The unmanned vehicles rely on GPS systems to determine their course and in some cases bombing routes, which explains in part why thousands of civilians across the Middle East have been killed without cause.

Critics of current US drone operations in the Middle East as well as their proliferation over the country’s airspace are unlikely to find any comfort in the DoD’s Roadmap. Officials hope to install a variety of algorithms, detection sensors, and advanced machine learning into drones that will implant in the machines a set of internal laws that give them more control over their own behavior.

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« Reply #17 on: Jan 11th, 2014, 1:46pm »

U.S. Special Forces responsible for some of the Mothman saga? That could be a realistic possibility according to an article recently published by Harold Hutchison of Soldier of Fortune magazine. Hutchison reported that testing of high altitude, low opening (HALO) parachutes was conducted in the Point Pleasant area circa 1966. Hutchison further reported that the tests included painting the parachutists with luminous paint.

His article may be downloaded at:

http://www.sofmag.com/sites/default/files/digital_issues/436%20FEBRUARY%2084-pagerFINAL.pdf

A summary and some related thoughts are offered by Loren Coleman at:

http://www.cryptozoonews.com/sof-mm/

Hutchison does not cite specific sources or declassified documents in his most intriguing article. I am currently in the process of trying to identify specifically how he discovered the reported information. Any help identifying specific documents, etc. would be appreciated.
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 16th, 2014, 7:10pm »

Mothman Plus Half a Century and Still More Questions Than Answers

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January 16, 2014

The Mothman began capturing public attention during November of 1966 in the small community of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Before long, accounts of glowing-eyed, large flying creatures were documented in a best selling book, The Mothman Prophecies, by John Keel.

Keel claimed there was much more to the mystery than the reported sightings of the bizarre creature, interesting as such sightings may have been. High strangeness surrounding Point Pleasant included UFO sightings, ominous Men In Black lurking around and visits from Indrid Cold, a strange being indeed. By the time Keel got his book to print, circumstances reportedly included telephone conversations with the apparently telepathic Cold, who, according to Keel, claimed he did not know where he originated.

The February, 2014 edition of Soldier of Fortune magazine contains a most interesting piece written by Harold Hutchison. The article suggests that Special Forces were conducting exercises in the Point Pleasant area during the time in question. Hutchison reported that such exercises included testing of high altitude, low opening (HALO) parachutes. Green Berets conducted the exercises at night, according to Hutchison, and wore luminous paint.

Such circumstances would obviously be extremely significant and most interesting. A number of potential avenues of research present themselves.

Unfortunately, Hutchison provided no specific references for the reported information. He offered no sources for his research and did not explain exactly how he came to know about the circumstances.

The UFO Trail subsequently emailed Hutchison twice, requesting references. No replies were received.

Several other contacts were asked if they had any knowledge of declassified documents or similar authenticated sources for the reported information. As of this post, no such sources have yet been identified.

Dennis Dufrene of Top Secret Writers published an article on Hutchison's Soldier of Fortune story. Top Secret Writers is a recommended site due to their credible reporting on fringe topics. It is particularly appreciated for the consistent attention given to providing references and sources.

In the comments section of Dufrene's article, I inquired about any knowledge he may have of Hutchison's sources. Dufrene replied in part, "As far as the Hutchison story, his lack of citations concerns me. So much so, that I was not sure if I was going to write the story. His article is not only void of citations, but also an[y] credible witnesses (or any witnesses at all). He do[es] not even state how he came across this information.

"Just as I am sure you have done, I have looked for documents, interviews of personnel or witnesses, etc and have yet to come across anything that states or even implies Green Berets (or any military entity) was involved."

Hutchison's lack of references for his claims is indeed concerning. Sharing such sources would be helpful in furthering research of a most interesting case. As regular readers of The UFO Trail well know, the concept is not new to this blog of intelligence community tampering in ufology and shaping public opinion. If Hutchison's research could further our understandings of such circumstances, his efforts would be most appreciated.

In the mean time, his article will remain just another footnote of a bizarre story. After nearly a half a century now, the Mothman saga still creates more questions than answers.
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 16th, 2014, 8:35pm »

Does anyone remember the Dragonfly?
It was a tiny Dragonfly sized drone that actually resembled its namesake. Developed by the CIA in the 1970s it was used to deliver small bugging devices to target locations.
A few were recovered and taken to college labs to be looked at back then. They were found near publi rally sites.
One of those could well be lighted and become a small "orb".
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 17th, 2014, 7:21pm »

I don't literally remember the Dragonfly, skizicks, but I understand what you mean. DARPA and company have since come out with a whole line of insect-sized spying devices. I'd agree that it stands to reason that such devices (and their cousins) would account for at least some reports of orbs and similar otherwise unexplained objects.
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 24th, 2014, 7:02pm »

Quadcopters Mistaken as UFOs, Redux

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Short post, so I’ll dispense with the usual subject headings. Several months ago, I wrote a blog post wherein I surmised that many (not most, not all, but many) UFO reports might, in fact, be hobby “toys” (albeit expensive ones). “Toys” as in quadcopters and related flying remote controlled craft.

Numerous comments that I did not permit through were from some very ardent UFOs = aliens proponents, and others who entirely missed the point and were off-topic. Some comments that were submitted argued that no one could possibly mistake a quadcopter flying a few 10s m (~100 ft?) up with lights on the bottom as a UFO.

They are wrong.

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http://pseudoastro.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/quadcopters-mistaken-as-ufos-redux/

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On a related note, Dr. Mike Heiser at UFO Religions recently posted a couple of quadrocopter vids to help illustrate the point made above by Stuart Robbins. Dr. Heiser's post:

http://michaelsheiser.com/UFOReligions/2014/01/quadrocopters-mistaken-ufos/
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« Reply #22 on: Feb 25th, 2014, 8:04pm »

FYI ufo photos dated 2009 Wichita Kansas and 2010 Netherlands both look like the new mini space shuttle drone the military is using to take classified payloads to space. the 2009 looiks like it in a piggy back test and 2010 alone, enroute
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Australia: Drone 'used to carry drugs near prison'

10 March 2014

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A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into a prison using a drone, Australian police say.

The drone was "hovering in the vicinity of a prison" in Melbourne on Sunday afternoon, police said in a statement.

The drone appeared to have "four engines" and was carrying "a small quantity of drugs", police added.

The man has been charged with possessing a drug of dependence and attempting to commit an indictable offence.

He has been bailed and will appear in court next week, police say.

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been used in prison smuggling attempts in the past.

In November four people were arrested after a remote-controlled helicopter was allegedly used to fly tobacco into Calhoun state prison, Georgia, in the US.

Also in November, a drone was spotted flying over a prison in Quebec in Canada.

Australia's parliament recently held a roundtable on drones and privacy.

During the roundtable, Brad Mason, secretary of the Australian Certified UAV Operators Association, said there was "a lot of illegal and unauthorised use of UAVs.

"We understand that the regulator is doing its best to try and combat that but, unfortunately... they are so easily available and so cheap to buy these days that anybody can buy one and anyone can go out and operate one."
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Watch the U.S. military's next-generation fighter jet float in mid-air

The Week

November 3, 2014

The Pentagon's long-awaited and extremely controversial F-35 fighter jet is the most expensive defense program ever. But finally, we may be starting to find out why the Defense Department has gone through all the trouble:





That's an F-35 hovering like a helicopter, thanks to the aptly-named Rolls Royce "LiftFan" that allows for near-vertical takeoffs. The fighter jet's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, claims the technology will allow "the unique ability to operate from a variety of ships, roads and austere bases near frontline combat zones."

Sounds like something that might come in handy in our current military engagements.
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http://theweek.com/article/index/271143/speedreads-watch-the-us-militarys-next-generation-fighter-jet-float-in-mid-air
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« Reply #25 on: Nov 3rd, 2014, 12:25pm »

jjflash,

Isn't this what the harrier has been doing for the last thirty years ?

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« Reply #26 on: Nov 3rd, 2014, 1:20pm »

on Nov 3rd, 2014, 12:25pm, INT21 wrote:
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Isn't this what the harrier has been doing for the last thirty years ?

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I do not know how technically different the F-35 may be, but, yes, fundamentally the Harrier has some similar qualities:





To carry the thought a bit further, it would seem a reasonable assumption that exotic classified aircraft possessing such technology might be observed and reported as UFOs on occasion.
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Mystery drones fly over French nuclear sites

Published November 03, 2014
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PARIS – French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny, unmanned drones over French nuclear power stations.

A government official told The Associated Press that authorities have counted about 15 drone flights over a half-dozen nuclear sites since October 1. Authorities insist that France's nuclear facilities are designed to handle seismic and security risks, including those possibly posed by drones.

"Drone overflights are currently being carried out in a repeated and simultaneous manner over certain nuclear sites in our country," the prime minister's general secretariat for defense and national security, known as SGDSN, said in a statement sent Monday to the AP.
"The objective apparently sought by this type of organized provocation is to disrupt the chain of surveillance and protection at these sites," it said.

Environment Minister Segolene Royal told French media Sunday that investigators have no leads about who was behind the flights. The SGDSN said authorities open legal cases for every suspected violation and those convicted could face fines of up to 75,000 euros ($94,000) and a year in prison.

Officials are increasingly keeping quiet about the government's response. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said told French radio last week that authorities had ways to "neutralize" drones, but did not elaborate. On Monday, he told RTL radio that "the best way to be effective in this area is not to say what we're doing."

In recent years, Greenpeace France has led sporadic, peaceful incursions into French nuclear facilities to expose security vulnerabilities, but the environmental group has denied any connection to the drone flights.

France gets more than two-thirds of electricity from nuclear power, the highest proportion in the world.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/11/03/mystery-drone-flights-over-french-nuclear-sites/
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on Nov 3rd, 2014, 3:11pm, Swamprat wrote:
Mystery drones fly over French nuclear sites

Published November 03, 2014
Associated Press

PARIS – French security chiefs are investigating a spate of mysterious and illegal flights by tiny, unmanned drones over French nuclear power stations.

A government official told The Associated Press that authorities have counted about 15 drone flights over a half-dozen nuclear sites since October 1. Authorities insist that France's nuclear facilities are designed to handle seismic and security risks, including those possibly posed by drones.

"Drone overflights are currently being carried out in a repeated and simultaneous manner over certain nuclear sites in our country," the prime minister's general secretariat for defense and national security, known as SGDSN, said in a statement sent Monday to the AP.
"The objective apparently sought by this type of organized provocation is to disrupt the chain of surveillance and protection at these sites," it said.

Environment Minister Segolene Royal told French media Sunday that investigators have no leads about who was behind the flights. The SGDSN said authorities open legal cases for every suspected violation and those convicted could face fines of up to 75,000 euros ($94,000) and a year in prison.

Officials are increasingly keeping quiet about the government's response. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said told French radio last week that authorities had ways to "neutralize" drones, but did not elaborate. On Monday, he told RTL radio that "the best way to be effective in this area is not to say what we're doing."

In recent years, Greenpeace France has led sporadic, peaceful incursions into French nuclear facilities to expose security vulnerabilities, but the environmental group has denied any connection to the drone flights.

France gets more than two-thirds of electricity from nuclear power, the highest proportion in the world.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/11/03/mystery-drone-flights-over-french-nuclear-sites/


Lots in the news about that lately. Thanks, Swamprat.
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« Reply #29 on: Jan 28th, 2016, 11:26am »

I thought this was pretty interesting. I have been looking through a lot of aircraft patents on google patents and I came across Patent US20080292467 A1. You can't help but to see the resemblance between this and the famous fake 2008 ufo in Capitola, CA. I'm pretty sure we proved this case was fake but after seeing the patent it opens up a few more explanations. It could have been a conceptual cgi mock up that got into the wrong hands or who know. I just thought it was cool seeing that patent and it was dated 2005 nonetheless. And I can't figure out how to upload it..... smh. To see the patent go to google patents and search US20080292467 A1 and the fake ufo was in Capitola, CA in 2008
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