Photos: Keeping watch with unmanned aircraft

Photos: Keeping watch with unmanned aircraft

Summary: UAVs prowl the skies over Iraq and along the border of Mexico--and they might soon fly more widely in U.S. airspace.

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  • Reconnaissance simulation

    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.

  • Desert Hawk

    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.

Topic: Travel Tech

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