Wednesday, April 21, 2010

RQ-4 Global Hawk Enterprise High-Altitude, Long-Endurance Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Global Hawk - Singapore Air Show

The family of high-flying Global Hawks builds on the common RQ-4 high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS). 

When equipped with a variety of available mission-specific sensors, they provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information over a vast geographic area without putting anyone in harm’s way. 

Global Hawk missions are to provide a broad spectrum of ISR collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations. 

The systems can also be used for various civil and commercial missions such as border patrol, port surveillance, hurricane monitoring, disaster relief support, and high-altitude scientific research. 

The systems complement manned and space reconnaissance systems by providing near-real-time coverage using imagery intelligence (IMINT) sensors, signals intelligence (SIGINT), and communications relay capability.

Current RQ-4 Programs:

Global Hawk (U.S. Air Force)
A combat-proven HALE UAS with extraordinary ISR capabilities, providing near-real-time high resolution imagery of large geographical areas all day and night in all types of weather. During its trials with the Air Force's 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron and during its first deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom, the Global Hawk system was shown to be flexible and dynamically re-taskable. Global Hawk media gallery.

GHMD (U.S. Navy)
The U.S. Navy procured two Block 10 Global Hawks for the Global Hawk Maritime Demonstration (GHMD) program from the U.S. Air Force, and is using them to help define concept of operations for maritime surveillance, as well as for sensor technology experimentation and fleet orientation exercises. GHMD media gallery.

Euro Hawk® (Germany)
First international version of the Global Hawk UAS for the German Ministry of Defence. The Euro Hawk® is a derivative of the Block 20 Global Hawk, equipped with new SIGINT mission system developed by EADS. The SIGINT system provides stand-off capability to detect electronic intelligence (ELINT) and communications intelligence (COMINT) radar emitters. EADS will also provide the ground stations that will receive and analyze the data from Euro Hawk® as part of an integrated system solution.

NASA Global Hawk (NASA Dryden)
Partnership between NASA Dryden and Northrop Grumman to demonstrate HALE capability for future customers and experiments for the environmental science community to include NOAA, NASA, Department of Energy, and universities. Northrop Grumman will share in use of the aircraft to conduct its own flight demonstrations for expanded markets, missions and airborne capabilities, including UAS integration into national airspace.

NATO AGS (U.S. and allied nations)
After many years exploring options for a NATO owned and operated airborne ground surveillance capability, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has agreed to a program of record based on the Block 40 Global Hawk with an MP-RTIP sensor. In September 2007, nations agreed to move forward with a UAS-only solution based on an off-the-shelf Block 40. Northrop Grumman will be the prime contractor for the NATO AGS program, supported by industries in the 15 participating nations. NATO AGS media gallery.


Global Hawk has its origins in the 1995 High-Altitude Endurance Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration (HAE UAV ACTD) program initiated by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office (DARO). The Global Hawk effort succeeded because it focused on the design and construction of a practical air vehicle that was developmentally mature enough to be transitioned into an operational weapons system. While still a developmental system, the Global Hawk system began supporting overseas contingency operations only two months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, with thousands of combat hours and missions completed thus far.

Global Hawk has achieved several distinctions and awards, including setting an endurance record for a full-scale, operational unmanned aircraft on March 22, 2008, when it completed a flight of 33.1 hours at altitudes up to 60,000 feet over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. It also set another aviation record on April 23, 2001, when it landed in Australia at 8:40 p.m. local time after a 23-hour, 20-minute trip across the Pacific Ocean. This nonstop flight from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., marks the first time that an unmanned, powered aircraft crossed the world's largest ocean.

In 2001, Northrop Grumman along with key government and industry partners received the coveted Robert J. Collier Trophy for designing, building, testing, and operating Global Hawk. In addition, Global Hawk is the first UAS to achieve a military airworthiness certification, which along with the certificate of authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration, recognizes Global Hawk's ability to routinely fly within national airspace.

The Global Hawk system consists of the RQ-4 aircraft, mission control element (MCE), launch and recovery element (LRE), sensors, communication links, support element, and trained personnel. They offer a wide variety of employment options. 

Cruising at extremely high altitudes above 60,000 feet for more than 32 hours at a time, the aircraft can survey large geographic areas with pinpoint accuracy, giving military decision-makers near-real-time information regarding enemy location, resources, and personnel.

The Block 10 configurations carry the IMINT sensors, which include synthetic aperture radar, electro-optical and medium-wave infrared sensors. The Block 20 versions carry an enhanced integrated sensor suite similar to the Block 10 but provides longer range and better resolution. 

The Block 30 carries the Block 20 imagery sensors as well as the airborne signals intelligence payload, while the newest version, Block 40, carries the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP) active electronically scanned array radar.

The MCE serves as the RQ-4 cockpit during the operational portion of the mission with a pilot and sensor operator crew. Command and control data links provide RQ-4 crews complete dynamic control of the aircraft. 

The pilot workstations in the MCE and LRE act as the cockpit on the ground for the pilot to control and display platform status transmitted from the aircraft via the command and control link (health and status of the aircraft, sensors, navigational systems, and communication links). 

From this station, the pilot communicates with outside entities to coordinate the mission (air traffic control, airborne controllers, ground controllers, other ISR assets, etc.). When necessary the pilot can land the aircraft at any location provided in the aircraft mission plan. 

The sensor operator workstation manually provides the capability to dynamically update the collection plan, monitor sensor status, initiate sensor calibration and process, distribute, and store data. The sensor operator provides quality control of images on selected targets of high interest (ad hoc, dynamic targets, etc.).

Unlike all other unmanned aircraft, Global Hawk is flown autonomously by flight control software under the direct supervision of a pilot. The pilot does not physically manipulate the control surfaces in flight but instead, he commands the computer to take action when needed, or the system can be left alone and fly a complete preprogrammed mission. 

Takeoff and landing are software controlled and poor weather is not a limiting factor for operation like it is for other unmanned systems. The pilot and crew can focus on executing the national security intelligence collection mission, collecting thousands of pixels full of critical security intelligence, while the aircraft is flown by the sophisticated flight control computer.

The Block 20/30/40 version represents a significant increase in capability over the Block 10 configuration. The larger Block 20/30/40 aircraft can carry up to 3,000 pounds of internal payload and operates with two-and-a-half times the power of its predecessor. 

Its open system architecture, a so-called "plug-and-play" environment, can accommodate new sensors and communication systems as they are developed to help military customers quickly evaluate and adopt new technologies.

When fully fueled for flight, the Block 20/30/40 weighs approximately 32,250 pounds. More than half the system's components are constructed of lightweight, high-strength composite materials, including its wings, wing fairings, empennage, engine cover, nacelles, and three radomes. Its main fuselage is standard aluminum, semi-monocoque construction.

Block 10
Wingspan: 116.2 ft (35.4 m) 
Length: 44.4 ft (13.5 m) 
Height: 14.6 ft (4.2 m) 
Gross Takeoff Weight: 26,700 lbs (12,110.9 kg) 
Maximum Altitude: 65,000 ft (19.8 km) 
Payload: 2,000 lbs (907.2 kg) 
Ferry Range: 12,000 nm (22,236 km) 
Loiter Velocity: 343 knots TAS (True Air Speed)
On-Station Endurance at 1,200 nm: 24 hours 
Maximum Endurance: 32+ hours

Block 20/30/40
Wingspan: 130.9 ft (39.9 m) 
Length: 47.6 ft (14.5m) 
Height: 15.4 ft (4.7 m) 
Gross Takeoff Weight: 32,250 lbs (14,628 kg) 
Maximum Altitude: 60,000 ft (18.3 km) 
Payload: 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg) 
Ferry Range: 12,300 nm (22,780 km) 
Loiter Velocity: 310 knots TAS (True Air Speed)
On-Station Endurance at 1,200 nm: 24 hours 
Maximum Endurance: 32+ hours

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CBS New and NBC New Report Coverage on Vivos

First I thought it was another scam brewing up in the US.  Then found out in YouTube that CBS New and NBC New have news coverage on Vivos. The video is below. 

More than 1000 people have already applied for Vivos membership.  However, before you invest your hard earn money on Vivos, please do more research about it.

Vivos, Underground Security Shelter For 2012 & Beyond

Have you watch 2012 movie? In the movie, the unsuccessful writer Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) tries to save his son and his daughter from the disaster?

The near doomsday disaster was discovered by geologist Dr. Adrian Helmsley and his team that the earth core is heating up because of solar radiation and advises the the president about it.

Then, the US government and other governments secretly starts to build arks to safe only selected people and the elitist from the impending disaster.

What could you do to prepare from this kind of scenario, where only selected few people are selected because of their status, gifted or simply rich.

Now, US citizen have an option, a company called Vivos is going to build nationwide network of underground community shelters.

Between 2010 and 2011, Vivos will complete construction and commissioning of a nationwide network of underground community shelters to prepare for Mayan Doomsday Prophecy on December 21, 2012 .

If the Mayan prophecy does not come true, then the shelter could provide protection for the following threat scenarios.

  1. 45 PSI of overpressure blast forces
  2. Force 10 magnitude earthquakes in succession
  3. 450 MPH surface winds
  4. 50 megaton air burst detonated 20 miles away
  5. Solar flares with a 1,000,000 volt EMP
  6. Flooding submersion for 500 hours
  7. Extreme external fires at 1,250 F for 10 days
  8. Magnetic pole shift
  9. Radiological, chemical and biological weapons
  10. Forced entry and armed assaults
  11. 12’ of snow accumulation and 10’ of rain fall
  12. 90 LB hail stones at a speed of 100 mph
  13. A fortress in the event of social anarchy

There will be 20 Vivos underground shelter build within 150 – 200 miles of the major metropolitan area it serves. The shelter will be located at high altitude, in case of tsunami threat. The location map is below.

Each site will be totally self sufficient for one year, after that you have come out from the shelter. The shelter will have deep water wells, on-site power, fuel, food, clothing, medicine, septic systems, survival equipment and appropriate security.

In case of impending threat, member owners just have to drive to the site to be safe from the threat. The shelter will the secured and sealed once the disaster happens. Be early !

Each shelter will have about 172 – 200 people with different types of skill sets for the benefit of the community. The quarters will be quite spacious,

So, if you want to become a Vivos member, you have to go through the selection process, to determine whether you will be useful for the survivability of the community.

You will be evaluated based on your profession, education, expertise, skills, benefit to the Vivos community, proximity to a Vivos location, current health, and desired family or group ownership.

Once you have passed the selection process, you will get an invitation to purchase a deeded ownership interest in a specific Vivos shelter closest to your home area.

Then you have to review the Vivos package of legal documents, open escrow, and proceed to purchase your equity interest in that Vivos shelter.

The current price per deeded equity interest in a Vivos shelter is are follow. Price subject to changes without prior notice.

$50,000 per adult
$25,000 per child
Pets are free (Refer to the pet policy)

Because of overwhelming worldwide interest Vivos is now planning to build shelters in Europe, Latin and South America, Australia and Asia.

Hopefully all us will be safe any kind disaster!

Doomsday 2012 DVD

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Google Translator For Animals, Bridging the gap between humans and animals.

Google Translator For Animals, Bridging the gap between humans and animals

Google has come up with the latest innovation in the market. Not only they're the best in search engine market, they also offer lot of free service to mortals like us. Google is a great company with lot of innovation.
For example, Google translator is one of the best translator out there. How many of us can really translate german to english? By using google translator we can translate with ease.
So, to reduce the gap between animal and human world, Google has been kind enough to spend some money on animal translation program to bridge the gap between humans and animal world.
Quoted from website, Google is proud to announce the ground breaking new technology.
“We are excited to introduce Translate for Animals, an Android application which we hope will allow us to better understand our animal friends.
We've always been a pet-friendly company at Google, and we hope that Translate for Animals encourages greater interaction and understanding between animal and human.”
Translate for Animal was developed specifically for Android phones that translates common words and phrases used by animal such as cat, sheep, ass and many more animals.
Google have worked with leading animal language scientist around the globe to develop this application.
For more details about this new application, please refer to Google's homepage in next few days. Finally, we have an application that help us to communicate with our pets.

Please Note, Google Translator Still Have Some Unresolve Issues With Android Phones Below !

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