An ONR ScanEagle being prepared for launch (Image: ONR)
ScanEagles can provide real time telemetry for prolonged periods (Image: Boeing)
A ScanEagle and recovery sling (Image: Boeing)
A ScanEagle in service with the US Army (Image: Boeing)
A ScanEagle on its launching catapult (Image: Boeing)
Radio has come a long way since Marconi bashed a telegraph key and radar is a miracle compared to when it was just a squiggle on a cathode tube, but despite a century of advances, they’re still prone to the same problems as the first pioneers encountered. For five days in July, the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) Research Vessel (R/V) Knorr made a survey in the waters off Virginia Beach, Virginia using ScanEagle UAVs to study the effect of oceanic and atmospheric changes on radar and radio waves with the aim of producing more secure military communications and improve the ability of radar to detect hostile craft.
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