bobp wrote:You can pack a lot of electronics into 5 KG how much does your mobile phone weigh? The limitation would be power consumption.
arfah wrote:Fragile looking, isn't it?
bobp wrote:Very interesting bit of news wonder in what role the MOD will use them. Looks like its capable of a lot of different tasks.
~UNiOnJaCk~ wrote:which may well be much more flexible than a satellite based alternative, and certainly much cheaper - looks to be a very good compromise.
arfah wrote:Old RN wrote:Two thoughts.
1. Could it carry a synthetic aperture radar? Some are very small.
2. Could it provide some kind of coverage to support the QE? Three months on station?
3. How easily could it be shot down?
shark bait wrote:~UNiOnJaCk~ wrote:which may well be much more flexible than a satellite based alternative, and certainly much cheaper - looks to be a very good compromise.
yep, thats the key to the concept, could work out to be great.
I would be interested in that link if you have it. I know we have a satellite communication network, but I have never found anything about an imagining system.
Not the original link i came across but i believe it is in relation to the same project. They are commercial systems (currently employed in the service of the Chinese i think!) but IIRC, and this is the same project, then i believe it was mentioned that the MoD might very well make use of them - or i could have it all completely wrong!
Lugzy wrote:Hmmmmmm , Well less than 24hrs after the initial press release , it seems Airbus and the MOD deny any deal being done in regards to the Zephyr ,
http://www.defensenews.com/story/defens ... /72002140/
Read More: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... on-418270/Other future areas of interest to the RN include the Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander airship, which could be used as a cargo carrier or persistent surveillance asset, and the Airbus Defence & Space Zephyr high altitude pseudo-satellite, which can also offer persistent watch.
“What we haven’t yet sorted with this [Zephyr] is a meaningful payload,” Evans added. “5kg just doesn’t offer enough, but we are looking at options.”
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