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Spying, flying and delivering tacos – with drones, the sky’s the limit

 Military drones, such as the Predator, are only part of the equation. balazsgardi


The Federal Government is considering allowing the US to base military surveillance drones on the Cocos Islands – an Australian territory located in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Sri Lanka.

The news comes four months after the US and Australia agreed to a closer military alliance during Barack Obama’s visit to Australia last year.

Aerial drones (otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles) are now a fixture of the modern skyline and the Cocos Island discussion is only the most recent mention of drones in the media.

The rise of drone technology is due largely to their flexibility – a drone need only be constructed to carry a camera for surveillance or a weapon. Not having to accommodate a pilot makes a huge difference to the design and, more importantly, the costs of building and running the machine.

While convenience and utility is driving the use of drones, important questions are being raised about their use for surveillance of civilian populations and in unmanned missions to target enemy combatants



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Comment by Farida Magdalena Gillot on April 2, 2012 at 6:40pm
Comment by Farida Magdalena Gillot on April 2, 2012 at 2:58pm
Comment by Maria De Wind on April 2, 2012 at 8:51am


an anyone tell me what kind of threat do they expect at/from Cocos Island ?

Unless of course it is just another chess move towards Iran, South  China sea and a pretty excuse to spend more dollars

Comment by Farida Magdalena Gillot on April 1, 2012 at 11:42pm

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. Wikipedia

Comment by J.F.K. - Citronic357 on April 1, 2012 at 8:37pm

Nice post, very interesting.

Comment by Central Scrutinizer on April 1, 2012 at 3:04pm

havent seen/heard one around here YET....only thing around here were 2 Ospry v22's last Summer doing some landing and take off maneuvers in the back 40, noisy bastards, the night exercises @ 11-12pm SUCKKED

very indimidating the 1st time you see one in real life, rising up from the horizon w/ that hellashish sound and the behemoth size and look, thought it was from a "Terminator" movie.....imagine TWO of these, unbeknownst to you, 1st raising all out noisy hell, then visually rising up from your back yard horizon about 900 yards away.

Scared the hell out of me, I almost went into bug-out mode. Called a Neighbor who is like 70 and KNOWS everything about everybody around here and asked if he seen this and told me that it was already in the local spoon fed gossip sheet last week about it. Can't stomach reading that local rag here, because its always Happy, Sunny and Prosperous, Nothing wrong here!!! {Ivy Male College & also a University here, so everythings Rosy to these college pukes parents who subscribe to it ;)~ }

Comment by Meglamaniac on April 1, 2012 at 2:25pm

They already use these in the Continental U.S..... Have been for years.... They sound like an old model airplane from the 70s....

Comment by Central Scrutinizer on March 31, 2012 at 8:26am

cool beans, clay pigeons get boring ;)


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