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Phantom Eye: From An Idea To Reality..!

The Phantom Eye team continues to improve this unmanned aircraft system and also to prepare it for its second testing flight:

Boeing Phantom Eye Completes Taxi Tests, Readies for Return to Flight – Newsroom America

Boeing’s liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned aircraft system has completed taxi testing at Edwards Air Force Base in California as it progresses toward its second flight. During the testing, which occurred Feb. 6, the demonstrator aircraft sitting atop its launch cart reached speeds up to 40 knots, or approximately 46 miles per hour. The program’s team has also completed software and hardware upgrades to prepare for flying at higher altitudes. ”We upgraded the autonomous flight systems and have achieved all the required test points in preparation for the next flight,” said Drew Mallow, program manager. Additionally, the team improved the aircraft’s landing system following The UAV’s  first flight, when the landing gear dug into the Edwards lakebed and broke. ”We’ve drawn on Boeing’s experience to come up with a solution, using our tactical fighter aircraft landing systems as an example,” said Brad Shaw, chief engineer.

 

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The majority of drones are designed for military warfare operations, but now in the U.S. many police departments are dreaming of the possibility to use them in police operations inside the country:

Boeing’s Phantom Eye and the Coming Drone Wars – SpyRepublic

The US military’s use of drones in warfare abroad is bipartisan, driven by an incredibly lucrative industry facing no austerity, defense contractors employed by private corporations, and imperialistic goals to remain the sole superpower. Obama has intensified the program, but only because technological advancements have coincided with his presidency. Romney will certainly not give away the new powers the Executive has taken, deciding life and death, even regarding American citizens. The potential for an incredibly dystopic future Skynet throughout America’s skies has already been decided. The collective shrug by most of the public has, in fact, ensured it. What even Constitutionalists and privacy experts seem to forget is that the vast majority of drones are used for warfare. This is what they’ve been designed to do, and what their “pilots” have been trained to dole out from above. Police departments are already dreaming of the possibility of armed drones in their area, and Seattle is looking for more (at $150,000 a pop) drones, despite the fact their PD has two already, sitting in storage. Even as more enemies magically appear in various conflagrations abroad, one of America’s only remaining industries will continue to look for either customers or targets everywhere.

One of the more promising concepts is the The Phantom Eye Drone, a high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The small UAV System–its gross weight is 9,800 pounds–uses a hydrogen propellant, can carry a 450-pound payload and fly for four days at 65,000 feet. The hydrogen propellant is no more expensive than gasoline and is readily available. Environmentally, hydrogen fuel is also ideal because its byproduct is water. The hydrogen fuel concept is one that Boeing is looking to implement across some of its other products.
On the other hand, you can spy the referred drone, if you take advantage of Google’s GeoEye satellite service:

I spy Boeing’s Phantom Eye – The DEW Line

Boeing is close to flying the liquid hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft system, as Flightglobal’s UAV and Space editor Zach Rosenberg reported. Boeing did not release any new images of the high-altitude spy aircraft prototype, but that’s ok. Thanks to Google Earth, we don’t need it. It used to be that only aircraft like as the UAV and military satellites could play the overhead reconnaissance game.  Those days are over. Now we can spy on the spymasters. Google’s GeoEye satellite service snapped the UAV system on a ramp on the edge of the dry lakebed at Edwards AFB in December.
The project is the perfect example of turning an idea into a reality as Boeing with its first flight last July has tried to open a new market in field of collecting data and communications:

A Hydrogen Powered UAV | Boeing Corporation …

Boeing unveiled its hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system during a ceremony in St. Louis on July 12 (2012). The demonstrator, which will stay aloft at 65,000 feet for up to four days, is powered by two 2-liter, four-cylinder engines that provide 150 horsepower each. It has a 150-foot wingspan, will cruise at approximately 150 knots and can carry up to a 450-pound payload. “The small unmanned aircraft system is the first of its kind and could open up a whole new market in collecting data and communications,” Darryl Davis, president of Boeing Phantom Works, said today at the unveiling ceremony in St. Louis. “It is a perfect example of turning an idea into a reality. It defines our rapid prototyping efforts and will demonstrate the art-of-the-possible when it comes to persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The capabilities inherent in Phantom Eye’s design will offer game-changing opportunities for our military, civil and commercial customers.”

Finally, it is clear that this UAV system can be used for military and civilian / scientific purposes. The Phantom Eye is going to have its second flight soon.

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