New U.S. drone 'can see everything'

Jan. 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force is developing a new drone that can "see everything" using nine cameras that can send up to 65 different images, military officials said.

Maj. Gen. James Poss, the Air Force's assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, told The Washington Post the new Gorgon Stare craft has been in the works for a year and a half and should be ready to deploy in Afghanistan within 2 months.

"Gorgon Stare will be looking at a whole city, so there will be no way for the adversary to know what we're looking at, and we can see everything," Poss said.

The craft's name came from a mythical Greek creature with unblinking eyes.

The new remote controlled drones will not carry weapons, Poss said. The units weigh 1,100 pounds and each cost $17.5 million.

Current Predator and Reaper drones only have one lens to capture video, the report said.

Meanwhile, Poss said despite the leap in technology, it couldn't replace "good, solid human intelligence, because even watching an entire city means nothing unless you can put context to it."

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