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Microdrone Spy Planes

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the i-spy-with-my-little-eye dept.

Robotics 494

glinden writes "BBC News is reporting that Israel is now deploying microdrone spy planes. These planes have a wingspan of 13 inches (33 cm), can be carried in a backpack, can be launched by a single soldier, and can even fly through windows. The next step in the drone wars?"

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Fly through Windows? (4, Funny)

l810c (551591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682113)

Flying through windows is a very cool feature, but then what?

Snap a couple of pictures, turn on a dime then fly right back out?
Fly through the other open window on the other side of the building?

Fly through window, Then EXPLODE... Now That would be cool.

Re:Fly through Windows? (5, Insightful)

airrage (514164) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682139)

I have to agree that it sounds rather fishy. What happens if the window is in a hallway? They should make a helocopter one instead of a fixed-wing one. That way it could hover and enter windows, buildings, etc. Of course maybe it's hard to RC the collective as I think it's called?

Not Collective (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682368)

Collective?

I think you mean "kibbutz".

Re:Fly through Windows? (1)

Ooblek (544753) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682149)

It would be even cooler if you could make them fly through windows and drop stink bombs. I can think of many times this would have been cool to have when I was 15.

Better yet, how about carrying a string of 200 firecrackers? A great way to give back to the neighbor with that annoying barking dog.

Re:Fly through Windows? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682196)

Fly through window, Then EXPLODE... Now That would be cool.

I think there was a Doonesbury strip about this years ago, where a cruise missile was flying in and out of windows, up stairs and so on. The punchline was something to the effect that it missed the intended target by a few blocks, but still it was pretty cool to the controllers.

Re:Fly through Windows? (5, Funny)

avgjoe62 (558860) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682327)

Actually my favorite Doonesbury strip.

You get the camera view from the nose of a cruise missile as it flies through one of Saddam's bunkers, showing lots of Iraqi soldiers scrambling out of the way as the missile negotiates hallways, doors, stairwells, bathrooms and then flies out a window and explodes in a school down the street.

Re:Fly through Windows? (1)

deathazre (761949) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682199)

landing gear (or even better, a hovering ability) would be a nice feature, if they had enough power to take off in a reasonable distance. And yes, self destructing would be a very good thing, keeps other people from stealing your tech.

Seriously though, there is no need to fly out (2, Insightful)

blorg (726186) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682232)

All the drones can fly for an hour while transmitting pictures back to their operators

Re:Fly through Windows? (2, Interesting)

neilcSD (743335) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682265)

I'd imagine this would be pretty simple without adding too much weight - set it up like a claymore, with a plastic/ball bearing lattice and a small amount of c4. They could even shape the charge so that the bearings came out the nose of the drone, limitting collatoral casualties and upping the kill probability. Very Bond-esque!

13 inches (33 cm) (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682274)

sounds very similar to the size of my COCK - your thoughts?

Re:13 inches (33 cm) (0, Troll)

avgjoe62 (558860) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682348)

sounds very similar to the size of my COCK - your thoughts?

- your dreams.

Re:Fly through Windows? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682292)

A saw one flying through the house a few days ago, but it had on one of those novelty Groucho Marx noses with the glasses, so we disregarded it. I wonder if I should get rid of the pot plants?

Re:Fly through Windows? (1)

dealsites (746817) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682341)

Maybe if it's cheap and disposable enough, they could just be transmitting the pictures back to a remote location. Then if the plane did crash or get captured, they would still have the data they were looking for. Cheap and disposable would be the best solution for these micro planes.

--
Smack your momma good deals. It's the cat's meow! [dealsites.net]

Early Post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682116)

Death to all kikes.

This post has been made by the one and only Ralph JewHater Nader.

Don't Be An Asshole (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682120)

Vote For A Democrat.

Re:Don't Be An Asshole (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682137)

Hi. I'm Ralph JewHater Nader. Vote for me and I'll kill all the jews.

Death to all kikes.

Re:Don't Be An Asshole (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682349)

Make that "death to all desert dwellers" and you'll have a platform I can get behind.

The bumpersticker specifically said "Fuck with Texas"

Re:Don't Be An Asshole (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682384)

Vote For A Democrat.

Bin Laden certainly would if he could vote in the US

But (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682121)

How do they fit a midget in there?!

Dig that propeller! (5, Interesting)

The I Shing (700142) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682129)

I'm glad I'm not an Israeli soldier... I'd be worried about over-winding the propeller and breaking the rubber band, or cutting my finger on the thing.

All joking aside, those things would be hot sellers here in the USA.

Ever wonder what's going on behind the ten-foot-high stone walls of that rich dude's house on the corner? Why, just sent your drone flying overhead.

Police departments would dig those things, too, and so would rescue units.

And don't get me started on what the tabloid paparazzi could do with those things.

Re:Dig that propeller! (0)

lurwas (518856) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682203)

"Ever wonder what's going on behind the ten-foot-high stone walls of that rich dude's house on the corner? Why, just sent your drone flying overhead." I'm actually wondering more about what's going on in the womens locker room myself. ;)

Re:Dig that propeller! (2, Informative)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682229)

You can get one pretty easily.
http://www.rcmodels.com/airplanes-toy-rc-airplanes .html [rcmodels.com]

The one in the picture even looks sort of the same.

Re:Dig that propeller! (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682362)

My dad's boss built an RC airplane of only a few ounces...he soldered the surface-mount components directly to each other to save space.

The problem is he can only fly it indoors where there's almost no wind. (He's got a ballroom in his house.)

Re:Dig that propeller! (4, Funny)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682285)

what's going on behind the ten-foot-high stone walls of that rich dude's house

only until he deploys the manually operated ground-to-air rapidly re-targetable kinetic dispersion-projectile defense system (old fashioned shotgun).

Still no jetpacks? (5, Funny)

bangular (736791) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682131)

They can make this but they still can't make me a decent jetpack? I'm begining to think we will never get our flying shark we were promised

Bout how... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682132)

Are they going to fire a missile and kill political leaders from that?

Djibidi... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682134)

I read this as microcodone spy planes.

I wondered three things:

1) opioid spy planes?
2) a new opioid?
3) where can I get some?

Sounds like (5, Funny)

slycer9 (264565) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682144)

Model planes to me. Had one when I was a kid.

Fit in backpack. Was a little over a foot wide. Flew it into a window once...oh wait......

Re:Sounds like (1)

tealover (187148) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682367)

Had one when I was a kid.

Wait a minute. Adults still visit Slashdot ?

Wow! I thought we had chased them off in the great Hot Grits War of 2002 !

Very clever (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682148)

While I'm postive this will lead to heated debate, flames and trolls regarding the situation in Palestine. I think it's very clever and resourceful to develop inexpensive methods of reconnaissance. But as these things buzz around they'd be hard to overlook. Maybe the next time the Israeli Army assasinates a palistinian they can do it with a poison needle or dart on one of these things instead of firing air-to-ground missiles. What's to stop the palestinians from doing likewise?

Preferably they'd eliminate the need for such things by reigning in their own hardline elements demands and work toward peace.

No justice, no peace.
Know justice, know peace.

Re:Very clever (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682223)

Peace doesn't buy you aquifers full of water.

And if you say anything about how unfair that is to everyone lese in the region that has to ration water while we pillage the Golan Heights Aquifers, you're an anti-semite and a Nazi.

I think that's great how that works out. Because I'm a Jew, I can be as big an asshole as I want, and you can't say anything! You anti-semite nazis!

Re:Very clever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682263)

Maybe the next time the Israeli Army assasinates a palistinian

Fuck you, you anti-Semitic nothing.

Yeah, a society that sends 12 year olds to blow themselves up [theage.com.au] is A-OK.

What's to stop them? Maybe this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682305)

Well for one thing the Palestinians aren't exactly in the technological position to use such things. There is a big disparity, technologically and otherwise, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Re:Very clever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682309)

"Preferably they'd eliminate the need for such things by reigning in their own hardline elements demands and work toward peace.

No justice, no peace."


quite nice of you to mention that after saying this would needlessly start a flame war. I think the arabs should reign in their hardline elments too dont you think. I think you should experience "no peace"

Re:Very clever (3, Funny)

eyeye (653962) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682317)


What's to stop the palestinians from doing likewise?

Hey if you gave the Palestinians billions of US$ a year in military aid maybe they would.

Then they wouldn't have to "manually" deliver the bombs either.

Re:Very clever (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682334)

Preferably they'd eliminate the need for such things by reigning in their own hardline elements demands and work toward peace.

That's a good one. Ask yourself these questions:

What would happen if tomorrow the Palestinians said, "We are tired of this. We are no longer going to use violence to achieve our goals."

Most people I ask say that a peace treaty would be signed.

What would happen if tomorrow the Israelis said, "We are tired of this. We are no longer going to use violence to achieve our goals."

Most people I ask say that the Palestinians will kill all the Israelis.

Why are these answers different? Discuss, compare & contrast.

Personally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682342)

I much prefer dismembered body parts. Seems that the Palestinians do too. [cnn.com] Poisoned needles are just too lame to make a statement with.

Re:Very clever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682371)

The problem is these drones won't be used just for spying on/attacking Palestinians; if they work well, they'll be used for spying on everyone, the US included.

Tomorrow's Scout (5, Funny)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682153)

Standard issue:

One (1) pair binoculars
One (1) pair night-vision goggles
One (1) Field emergency medical kit
One (1) M-4 rifle
Eighty (80) rounds 5.56 x 45mm NATO ammuniton
Ten (10) Meals Ready-to-eat
One (1) Mosquito micro-UAV
Ten (10) 30mm propulsion-grade rubber bands

Re:Tomorrow's Scout (3, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682258)

Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find: one .45 caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days concentrated emergency raisons; one drug issue containing: antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and bible; one hundred dollars in rubles; one hundred dollars in gold; nine packs of chewing gum; one issue of prophylactics; three lipsticks; three pair a nylon stockings. Ten 30mm propulsion-grade rubber bands. Shoot, a fellah could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.

Re:Tomorrow's Scout (1)

eyegone (644831) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682336)


What would you do with ten 30mm propulsion-grade rubber bands in Vegas?

Re:Tomorrow's Scout (1)

ArmenTanzarian (210418) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682320)

more like

Tomorrow's Scout = One Mosquite micro-UAV

Seems to me like he's only being about 60% of what he can be.
- Jon Stewart

Support Our Troops (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682154)

Protest The War.

Open source businessmodel? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682155)

I think it's a new open source businessmodel!

1: Write free software.
2: ?
3: Read about drone wars on slashdot.
4: Profit!

Windows?? (-1, Redundant)

Rutje (606635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682160)

"fly through windows."
How about Linux??

Better killers (4, Insightful)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682168)

This will most certainly be used in the ongoing struggle between Israel and Palestine. The last thing I want to see is either of those two groups become more efficient killers.

This is a spy plane, however. So maybe it will be used for intelligence to prevent violence. Or perhaps it will be used for intelligence to make waging war more effective.

Re:Better killers (1, Insightful)

saforrest (184929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682227)

This will most certainly be used in the ongoing struggle between Israel and Palestine.

Don't you mean the struggle between Israel and Islamofascist terrorists?

Re:Better killers (1)

saforrest (184929) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682247)

Don't you mean the struggle between Israel and Islamofascist terrorists?

Sorry, I forgot to include quotes and the tag.

Re:Better killers (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682287)

Or the Palestinian Freedom fighters and the Zionist invaders. Depends on which side of the electric fence you're on.

Drop the terrorist bit, it's old.

Re:Better killers (2, Funny)

Jim_Maryland (718224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682288)

I can see where someone will arm it with a poison dart.

Re:Better killers (5, Insightful)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682302)

This is a spy plane, however. So maybe it will be used for intelligence to prevent violence. Or perhaps it will be used for intelligence to make waging war more effective.

The two tend to be linked at the hip. There is considerable interest in the military to develop means of preventing civilian casualties or collateral damage. And it's not just as simple as them not wanting to 'waste' ammunition on noncombatants, they really do want to avoid civilian casualties. First, military people aren't the psychotic, evil madman you see in the movies. Believe it or not, they have children too so they want to try to prevent the deaths of innocents in far away lands. Second, even if they didn't personally care about civilian deaths, the American people would and our allies most certainly would. The type of WWII war where massive civilian casualties are accepted so long as you kill lots of enemy combatants are long gone. Third, increased intelligence will help you refine a priori assumptions you made about the enemy's tactics. If you are planning on destroying a building you believe to be an enemy command center but then receive intelligence that it's actually a homeless shelter, that's more valuable than just noting that it's a non-target. It tells you that you really don't know where the hell the command center really is! And it also makes you pause and question the quality of the pre-battle intelligence that labeled it as enemy headquarters.

Spy planes are here to stay and they will play a more important role in the conflicts to come. And I don't think you can separate their capabilities into "prevent violence" and "enable violence" bins. Those two qualities tend to be one and the same.

GMD

Re:Better killers (1)

ph4s3 (634087) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682303)

Riiiiight.

Just like the predator drone is a non-weaponized reconnaissance vehicle. Err...

Re:Better killers (1, Informative)

USAPatriot (730422) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682345)

What is this Palestine you speak of? I don't see this country listed in the CIA World Factbook. [cia.gov]

This country isn't in the UN member list. [un.org]

What kind of government does this Palestine have? Who is its head of state?

No, drone vs. human wars (-1, Flamebait)

shario (109443) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682172)

No, the next thing won't be drone wars, but instead assassinations of Palestinian leaders with unmanned planes.

Stop US support of Israeli human rights abuses now!

Re:No, drone vs. human wars (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682335)

Stop US support of Israeli human rights abuses now!

I agree. It's time the West stops backing Israel's policies with Palestine, especially the US. If they want to win over Middle Eastern countries and convince them that democracy and freedom are the way to go, they can't go on supporting what is the biggest terrorist state in the region. Actually, the way to go here is to carpet bomb every single Middle Eastern country. Forget taking them back to the Stone Age... Liquidate every fucking towelhead on the planet. That would be the only way to convince them of the superiority of Western civilization. They're better off dead anyway.

Microsoft Spy Planes (5, Funny)

neko9 (743554) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682173)

*clears glasses* *looks again at the screen* i think thats enough of slashdot for me today...

Flies Through (open?) Windows (1)

muskr (105370) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682175)

I assume they mean to say that it can fly through an open window. If it could crash through a closed window, I'd be REALLY impressed.

Nothing new (4, Interesting)

baudilus (665036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682177)

Anyone with TechTV knows that these things have been around for quite some time (employed by the U.S. army). They say that they don't carry destructive payloads, just cameras and the like. The real question is, did they develop these models themselves or buy them from a U.S. company?

Probably built their own. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682377)

Israel has a lot of pull in Congress. Technologies developed by American companies often have to wait for Israel to commericialize the product before they are allowed to sell it. An example is sub 2 meter photography from space. American companies were prohibited from selling until the Mosad (via a front company called "West Indian Space" (google if your interested) had launched their own competing satillite.

3 mile range! (2, Funny)

planckscale (579258) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682182)

That's pretty good range for those guys. I could use those to remotely check the surf at the beach from my office!

obligatory /. jokes (2, Funny)

jointm1k (591234) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682183)

and can even fly through windows

Yeah, but can it fly through Linux?

The next step in the drone wars?

Begun this drone war has!

can be carried in a backpack

In Soviet Russia, planes carry YOU!

Yeah, I know. my humour sucks.

Microsoft Spy Planes ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682184)

At first I read 'Microsoft Spy Planes'.

Thought: gezus, they'll bomb EU next...

Re:Microsoft Spy Planes ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682350)

You say that as if 300 million less eurotrash on the planet were a bad thing.

a simpler time (2, Funny)

BorgCopyeditor (590345) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682187)

Skywalker: "You fought in the drone wars?"

In the future... (3, Interesting)

SmackCrackandPot (641205) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682188)

will we have 'spider' like cameras that can crawl along the ground and hide under rocks.

Will we have 'hawk' or 'eagle' gliders that attempt to take out these reconaissance gliders?

Re:In the future... (1)

muskr (105370) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682366)

They do have a "Hunter" line of UAVs [iai.co.il] .

Just like in DUNE (5, Interesting)

Capt'n Hector (650760) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682192)

These look more like personal assassination drones than surveillance equipment. Visions of DUNE come to mind...

Re:Just like in DUNE (1)

johnjay (230559) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682339)

Although personal assassination drones could be said to already exist in the form of the Predator, the picture I saw accompanying the BBC article looks much more like a remote-control prop-plane than a personal assassination platform. For one thing, it looks too small to carry any particularly leathal weaponry. (maybe, maybe you could attach a .22 pistol underneath it, I can't think of anything else)

I'd like to see... (4, Insightful)

rthille (8526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682195)

the remote cockroach that they had here [imdb.com] . Of course, it ended up squashed by a shoe, but before that it got critical intel out. Just imagine a battlefield where you can't trust that the spiders and snakes, or arctic hares aren't working for the other guys!

More (related info) (2, Informative)

cetan (61150) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682197)

Check out the Scientific American Frontiers episode on flight: Flying Free (2001)

http://www.pbs.org/saf/1109/index.html

There's a lot of cool stuff related to similar projects.

we all know... (2, Insightful)

v_1_r_u_5 (462399) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682198)

some bored geek designed the microdrones to spy on the hot chics in those apartment complexes and then had to give it up to the military when he was caught.

Re:we all know... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682284)

some bored geek designed the microdrones to spy on the hot chics in those apartment complexes and then had to give it up to the military when he was caught.

Radio Controlled Spy Plane: $$$

Building a jammer from readily available electronics parts: Priceless

hm (5, Funny)

EMH_Mark3 (305983) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682200)

So what? Lots of spyware can be flown through Windows nowadays.

*rimshot*

i am discreetly creepy (1)

maxbang (598632) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682209)

I just sent one of these over to the Tech Model show. Whoo baby!

More information from PBS... (5, Informative)

Foggiano (722250) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682212)

NOVA ran a show a few months ago about the development and deployment of unmanned military aircraft. They have some interesting items here [pbs.org] .

New War? (1)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682214)

Ever since the dawn of conflict it hasn't been how many men you put on the battlefield as much as what's in their hand as they go out. Be it the advent of stronger alloys to make better swords, or to have the robots do the more dangerous scouting missions.

This will only escalate exponentially untill perhaps man withdrawels his fragile body from war altogether?

Where Can I Buy It ? (1)

zungu (588387) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682216)

Where can I buy this one? A pretty neighbor has just moved in and I really need some technical help. Is there a Amazon.com in Israel? Free Shipping over 25 Israeli dollars?

Possible Uses (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682222)

The greedy kikes will certainly use these planes to spot large deposits of money and valuables, and will then jew their rightful owners out of them. That's all this is, just another zionist tool to satisfy their greed.

This post has been made by the one and only Ralph JewHater Nader. Death to all kikes.

Grenade (3, Interesting)

kefoo (254567) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682226)

How long before somebody loads one of these with explosives and turns it into a guided grenade? It could be useful as a weapon against a small target of opportunity that doesn't merit a bomb run or cruise missile strike, as well as keeping the soldiers out of immediate harm's way.

Too noisy for that (1)

baudilus (665036) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682319)

Unless there is no concern about these things being clandestine, there is no way these things would be able to penetrate a target without being shot down first. Unless, of course, you want to fly multiple planes into the target zone, sort of like a mini bomb run.

Ah, more US Tech... (2, Interesting)

Vthornheart (745224) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682236)

I heard about this technology back in 1999, I had done a report on the unexposed spy technology of the United States. Those little buggers that they were holding in the picture closely resemble a prototype picture that I had found of the exact same kind of idea, being developed by US forces at that time.

The wingspan was similar (about 15 inches, if I remember correctly), and could be controlled remotely. A color video camera and microphone on the "plane" would record any needed information.

Another case of information sharing it seems. It's been about 5 years since I did that report, but I'll see if I can dig it up from the archives of my computer for the purposes of this conversation.

Stranger than Fiction (1)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682239)

Released Story:
On display at the Tel Aviv conference were the Birdy and the Spy There mini-drones and two micro-drones, the Mosquito and the Mosquito 1.5. The models were developed by Israel Aircraft Industries' (IAI) engineering division.

The REAL Story:
"Yeah I'll take one of those balsa kits, that motor you showed me, a radio, and some glue. Oh and what sort of paint colors are availble?"

The article doesn't say (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682245)

But, what about noise? It would seem that silent operation would be an important part of these spy planes' operation. However, the last model airplane I saw could be clearly heard for over a mile. If these things are aslo as noisy, they will simply become targets for the local skeet club.

It seems that Vi is better than Emacs. [linuxsurveys.com]

Gawrsh! (1)

HarveyBirdman (627248) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682252)

Where do they done get the little folks to pilot them there things?

I should have joined the Marines instead (1)

Bluesman (104513) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682253)

I'll bet they're going to have a lot of fun racing these things.

Dumb Idea (1)

clausiam (609879) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682262)

microdrone spy planes. ...can even fly through windows

The noise from the glass crashing down will give it away in an instant ;-)

/Claus

Drone Wars (0, Flamebait)

USAPatriot (730422) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682267)

I don't know which drones would match up against Israel's.

Maybe if you think drones are their enemy deploying young children as suicide bombers [nationalreview.com] .

This is what kind of war Israel is facing.

If it was the US (0, Troll)

zrobotics (760688) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682270)

lucky these are Israli planes. If they were made for the US army, they would cost $10,000 a piece, would fly slower, have shorter battery life, and break all the time (order me 5,000)

Re:If it was the US (1)

feloneous cat (564318) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682338)

I suspect we sold them to them... Wondered where that $87 billion went...

But you do gotta wonder if the Palestinians are going "damn, the mosquitos are bad this year!"

This will save humanity! (0, Offtopic)

amigoro (761348) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682272)

[Mod suggestion: Offtopic -1] Yippee !!!

Now we can have wars where machines kill each other leaving people alone!

The fact that we can spend these research $$$ on finding a cure for AIDS or cancer, alternative energy, cheaper forms of electronic communications etc.. is irrelevant. These machines of war will surely save more lives.

This is so cool I need to go to the bathroom.

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Resources (2, Interesting)

Trillian_Angel (542729) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682310)

I still wonder a bit at how much money goes into these things, as well as man hours. I can see their uses as survelliance, but would those resources be better used elsewhere? ... a lot of resources would be better used if people didn't suck and have to fight amongst themselves all of the time, though. So, in that case, whats a little plane?

I'd like to own one, personally, but I just love playing with rockets and planes.

As someone mentioned before, using these devices for rescue personel would be very cool. I think a little robotic snake of somesort would be more efficient in rubble, but for overhead rescues to locate crashes, it would work.

Its a shame people don't come up for this stuff for rescue and other more beneficial things, then converted it to "war" types. But I suppose if you took away the wars, there wouldn't be quite so many people that needed rescued in the first place.

But there'd still be too many.

GTA Vice City (5, Funny)

CharAznable (702598) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682315)

I guess someone at the Israeli army was playing the mission where you fly the rc chopper into the construction site...

Yes, but... (1)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682333)

when are they setting up a live web cam?

oooh (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682337)

Hey look! Someone's little plane is buzzing that cleric in the wheelchair. *BOOM*

Hey look! It's another tiny little plane. *BOOM*

Hey look! *BOOM*

(silence except the sounds of bulldozers and Israeli real estate agents)

Related Link (5, Informative)

Your_Mom (94238) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682347)

For those of you who, like me, are fascinated by these things, check out The UAV forum [uavforum.com] lotsa neat discussion, information, and links.

Flies through windows? So could the redeemer in UT (1)

jkeegan (35099) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682352)

One of the coolest weapons in Unreal Tournament was called the Redeemer. It was huge - took up half the screen when you were holding it.. When you fired it with the secondary trigger, it launched (like a missle), except you'd see through the camera mounted on the nosecone.. and you could steer it..

My brother (Jon Keegan) wrote an Unreal Tournament level with big open windows, long hallways, and wide corners. I remember there was nothing quite like running through a door, turning the corner, and seeing a huge missle flying toward you inside a hallway. :)

Small is the future? (1, Interesting)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682358)

Is this sort of plane small enough to be invisible to current radar?

Currently this isn't an issue since the range of it is so small, but a small stealth bomber dropping a chemical or biological agent could be pretty dangerous.

This could kick its ass (1)

jamesmartinluther (267743) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682365)

All this upside-down flying toy helicopter [fazed.net] needs is a machine pellet gun.

- JML

Remember... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8682369)

When its hot outside and your hemmoroids are even hotter,
just look to the cool relief of Preparation-H to get
you on your way.

Bush Wars: Attack of the Drones (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 10 years ago | (#8682372)

Coming to theater near you.
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