Thursday, December 20, 2007

More Spy in the Sky Stuff

Remember the dragonflies that were not innocent pretty insects flitting about, but spy cameras? So we have that to look out for.

Then of course there’s the upcoming television exchange. Not “exchange,” exactly, but by, I think, the end of 2008, anyone with an older set (like ours; they’re all about ten years old or older) won’t be able to use them anymore. Why? I don’t know, do I look like Madame Currie? My understanding is that whatever's in the TV sets now to enable them to get satellite, that technology won’t mesh with other TV type technology. So we all have to get new sets in order to watch anything on them. And by the way, these new sets come with itty bitty cameras and microphones, so that Big Brother can listen in and watch us anytime they want to. Including when the set is turned off.

Where’s my source, you may ask? Hell, I don’t know. But I’ve come across this many times, you can too if you look it up.

So, we not only have spies in the home, we have the spies in the sky. This article: Spy planes to recharge by clinging to power lines, warns us about “tiny spy planes” and where they might be getting their power:
The next time you see something flapping in the breeze on an overhead power line, squint a little harder. It may not be a plastic bag or the remnants of a party balloon, but a tiny spy plane stealing power from the line to recharge its batteries.

The idea comes from the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) in Dayton, Ohio, US, which wants to operate extended surveillance missions using remote-controlled planes with a wingspan of about a metre, but has been struggling to find a way to refuel to extend the plane's limited flight duration.

Other potential problems are to be considered:
In addition, so as not to arouse suspicion, AFRL says the spy plane will need to collapse its wings and hang limply on the cable like a piece of wind-blown detritus. Much of the "morphing" technology to perform this has already been developed by DARPA, the Pentagon's research division. Technologies developed in that program include carbon composite "sliding skins", which allow fuselages to change shape, and telescopic wings that allow lift to be boosted in seconds by boosting a wing's surface area.

The article is from New Scientist Tech, and they seem to be oblivious to the fact they’re discussing spying! On us! Instead, they’re all a twitter about this spiffy new technology.


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