Discussion in 'On Topic' started by TheNewMonaro, Sep 13, 2006.
Autonomous air-air refuelling
Another step in UAV development.
Press Release here (pdf)
I'd like to see how it does in shitty weather, pilots have a thing for bending pitot probes with those baskets
is that the HARV F-18? and i wish i could watch teh vid at work...
Plane belongs to NASA (Dryden).
According to a (Bug) Pilot as you get close to the basket it actually moves away due to the aerodynamics of the situation, apparently you then have to trust it'll move back as you get closer which it (mostly) does.
If you go chasing it you'll miss and whack the basket against the side of the plane. Pitot tubes was one of the things he mentioned seemed to cop it.
I would imagine now they've got a (seemingly) working optical recognition system adverse weather wouldn't be too hard. Modern planes rely on computers to stop them tumbling out of the sky as it is, hell look at the F-117, it did and they're a product of the early 70's.
HARV is a NASA/Dryden test plane
That would suck...
"What do you do?"
"I'm a pilot"
"Oh yeah? For the military?"
"Uh...no not really "
"ooh are you an Astronaught?"
I always wanted to graduate from combat pilot to test pilot.. heh
Unless I am wrong, the pilot is AF.
"So...you fly Fighter Jets, right?"
"Yes I do."
"Ever flown in Iraq? We've been there three years now."
"I'm flying for NASA Now..."
"Are you an astronaught?"
That is only if he is being honest.
I still think it would beat sitting behind a desk in the Army.