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    Boeing Phantom Eye

    Boeing Phantom Eye
    This all new unmanned drone has incredible capability. It currently can stay aloft for 4 days but soon will soon stay up 10 days. While designed as a surveillance platform, it carries a 5 ton payload that includes Hellfire missiles. Flying at 65,000 feet - the very edge of space, it is just about out of range of missiles.

    Boeing's New Spy Plane General Characteristics:


    Wingspan :

    150 ft. (46 m)
    Takeoff gross weight :

    9,800 lbs. (4,445 kg)
    Cruise speed :

    150 kts.
    Maximum speed :

    200 kts.
    Altitude :

    65,000 ft.
    Engines :

    (2) 2.3L 150 horsepower
    Endurance :

    4 days at 65,000 ft.


    Let that sink in -


    Wingspan equal to the width of a good size building lot.


    It's relatively light (at 5 ton), slow, flies at twice the altitude of commercial transport.


    It's powered by 2 FORD truck engines and stays aloft for 4 days.


    Now take a look: Boeing
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    Pretty awesome and scary at the same time.

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    ...and if it loses another engine it will be up there forever!

    Is there a link?
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    Apparently the link failed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Boeing Phantom Eye
    This all new unmanned drone has incredible capability. It currently can stay aloft for 4 days but soon will soon stay up 10 days. While designed as a surveillance platform, it carries a 5 ton payload that includes Hellfire missiles. Flying at 65,000 feet - the very edge of space, it is just about out of range of missiles.

    Boeing's New Spy Plane General Characteristics:


    Wingspan :

    150 ft. (46 m)
    Takeoff gross weight :

    9,800 lbs. (4,445 kg)
    Cruise speed :

    150 kts.
    Maximum speed :

    200 kts.
    Altitude :

    65,000 ft.
    Engines :

    (2) 2.3L 150 horsepower
    Endurance :

    4 days at 65,000 ft.


    Let that sink in -


    Wingspan equal to the width of a good size building lot.


    It's relatively light (at 5 ton), slow, flies at twice the altitude of commercial transport.


    It's powered by 2 FORD truck engines and stays aloft for 4 days.


    Now take a look: Boeing
    This Link?:

    Boeing: Phantom Eye
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    I'm sitting here at work(Delta Air Lines - DTW) discussing this thing with my coworkers...its impressive

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    Sounds like the newest way to spy on U. S. Citizens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbK View Post
    Sounds like the newest way to spy on U. S. Citizens.
    Or enemies, I'm sure it will be used for both. Either way the science is pretty neat.

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    I'm wondering where the "5-ton" payload came from. The wiki says it has a 450-pound payload and is a 60-70% scale design, and "... it was placed in storage at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Boeing is looking for opportunities in the military or commercial sectors to continue development. Initially pitched as a high-flying satellite surrogate for ground surveillance or communications relay, the company is looking to see if a solid-state laser could be mounted to perform missile defense; a solid-state laser is desired over chemical lasers, like the one used in Boeing's previous YAL-1 Airborne Laser Testbed, because there is a shorter logistical tail and less time is needed to recharge and cool."
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    yeah 450 lb payload isn't much, I'm curious what "goodies" it would carry with a 5 ton payload

 

 
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