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Ever see a UAV up close and personal?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Heidland, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Heidland

    Heidland SW Washington Active Member

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    For the last six months or so between 6:30 and 8:00 PM almost every day we've been hearing a weird noise that we thought was some sort of bird. Normally the noise flies quickly downriver behind the house (our backyard is a river). Sometimes it flies up river. Always the same time of day.

    Tonight I just happened to be outside from closing up the animals for the night and I heard the noise. Instinctively I looked up and it flew right over me, and our house, at tree top level. We have Fir Trees so I'm guessing it was about 60' off the ground. It surprised the hell out of me. I've just spent the last hour researching online and I finally found it.

    This is what has been making the noise we've been hearing fly around in the early evenings since about the end of September.

    The Insitu "Night Eagle" UAV. I know that there are a few Insitu locations out in Yakima. I didn't know there may be some in Clark/Cowlitz. My wife just came in and said it flew back over going the other way just now while she was out smoking.

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  2. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I have seen many.... In other countries. Guess its time to get out the 10ga goose gun.
     
  3. Mezzovex

    Mezzovex Sherwood Active Member

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    Like!
     
  4. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah.
    Wasn't the fish and game or forest service using these for awhile now?
    I know the border patrol has been.

    If it's unmarked it may be korean, in the name of national security you should take it down.
     
  5. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Yup...must've hit a tree and then crashed so hard it ended up 4 feet underground with all electronics completely destroyed.

    Screw these people.

    This is the U.S.A.. At some point these asshats need to be shut down. The sky over our property is our airspace and we should defend it with the same force the government would use to defend theirs.
     
  6. Benny503

    Benny503 Grants Pass Well-Known Member

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    It is UFO and it is invading our country for Intel. Shoot it down quick and you will receive a metal
     
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  7. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    I reckon that's big enough to hit with a 20ga slug....
     
  8. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Looking for an excuse to shoot a 10ga with a 30 inch barrel, don't ruin my fun.
     
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  9. receo

    receo Sandy, Oregon Active Member

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  10. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Puyallup, WA Well-Known Member

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    Quick..... Hurry...... Buy and hoard 10 gauge ammo before its all gone.

    Seriously though, I can foresee 10 gauge becoming popular very quickly.

    SF-
     
  11. Heidland

    Heidland SW Washington Active Member

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    I'm a pretty decent shot with an autoshotty, but you'd need true AA to hit this thing. Had I not been looking in just the right place at just the right time I would still be thinking it was some sort of weird bird. It is friggin fast. There is an approx. 100 yard area it covered when I did catch sight of it, and I couldn't turn my head fast enough to keep it in full view as it flew over.

    Honestly, as fast as it goes [because the sound was traveling the same speed we always hear it at] I don't see how anyone controlling it can see anything.
     
  12. receo

    receo Sandy, Oregon Active Member

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    Do a quick google search of "fpv".
    10+ miles range is not uncommon for a hobbyist. Real time video with on screen display of altitude, airspeed, distance and direction from launch is fairly easy to accomplish.
     
  13. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    ok all you rc plane flyers time to load up your rc's and start the hunt and then practice your air to air dogfights
     
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    powersbj Seattle Area Active Member

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  15. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    sweet I think it will keep the deer out of the garden
     
  16. speeddemon94

    speeddemon94 The Rogue Well-Known Member

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    Oh oh oh! Can we mount the 10ga goose gun to the r/c plane? Just have to make sure not to be diving toward yourself when you shoot.
     
  17. 1stklass

    1stklass salem oregon Well-Known Member

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    I say we do a sunday afternoon potluck, 10 gauges and 12 gauges and 20 gauges all welcome, 40 or 50 of us, research lead time on a 200 mph aircraft and triangulate where we all shoot at in the sky when it comes into view :thumbup:
     
  18. 1stklass

    1stklass salem oregon Well-Known Member

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    Slower than i thought! you duck hunters will have no problem! here are the specs try to hit it towards tail end so we can salvage the thermal imaging :cool:

    Ceiling: 19,500 ft / 5,944 m
    Max horizontal speed: 80 knots / 41 m/s
    Cruise speed: 48 knots / 25 m/s

    System features

    Propulsion: 1.9 hp (1.4 kw), 2-stroke engine
    Fuel: Gasoline (100-octane, unleaded, non-oxygenated gas) or heavy fuel (JP5, JP8, Jet-A)
    Navigation: GPS / Inertial
    Launch: Pneumatic catapult
    Recovery: SkyHook wing tip capture

    Dimensions

    Wingspan: 10.2 ft / 3.11 m
    Length: 5.3 ft / 1.64 m

    Weights

    Empty structure weight: 35.3 lb / 16 kg
    Max takeoff weight: 48.4 lb / 22 kg

    Mid-wave infrared sensor package

    Continuous optical zoom: 25.5˚ (1x) to 2˚ (13x)
    Added digital zoom steps: 1.0x, 1.5x, 2.0x, 2.5x, 3.0x, 3.5x, 4.0x
    Articulation: Pitch +75˚ to - 45˚ and Roll +/- 180˚
     
  19. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Heck, if you can hit a green winged teal or Hungarian partridge before they pass out of range you can hit this bird. 48 knots cruise is about 52 MPH,, good info 1stKlass!
     
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  20. Cuthbert Allgood

    Cuthbert Allgood Clark County, WA Well-Known Member

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    i've seen those little bastards flying around in my neck of the woods. the urge to take one down is becoming stronger and stronger.
     
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