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This Predator UAV is shown above the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) on a simulated Navy aerial reconnaissance flight off the coast of southern California. This was the Predator's first maritime mission with a carrier battle group, and it was launched from San Nicholas Island off the coast of southern California.
UAVs on the big screen
UAVs have already become Hollywood stars. The 2005 action flick "Stealth" featured a UAV with artificial intelligence nicknamed "EDI." After it's struck by lightning, EDI develops a mind of its own.
Staff Sgt. James Ellis adjusts the camera in a Desert Hawk at the Tallil Air Base in Iraq. Developed by Lockheed Martin, the Desert Hawk is launched into the air using a bungee cord as a slingshot and is designed to circle over air bases and help with security by showing possible threats up to about 6 miles away. It includes an electric motor, color or infrared cameras, and a GPS receiver.