Saturday, February 21, 2009

** Wired for war
ASSOCIATED PRESS/U.S. AIR FORCE A picture taken from a computer-animated video shows the next generation of  drones envisioned by military engineers, called micro aerial vehicles. They could be as tiny as bumblebees and capable of flying undetected into buildings to photograph, record and even attack insurgents and terrorists.WASH TIMES: From their cockpit at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, the pilot and co-pilot are flying a pilotless Predator on a bombing mission over Afghanistan, 8,000 miles away. Ordnance aboard includes four Hellfire missiles and two 500-pound bombs. A forward air controller in another unmanned drone spots the target and the Predator bomber takes off under local control from Kandahar in Afghanistan. Minutes later, control of the bomber is handed over to satellite control in the cockpit at Creech.