A new kind of drone is taking off, and some of the innovations in this emerging technology are giving us new possibilities for surveillance and even assassination.
The U.S. Department of Defense is looking for an engineer to design a drone that can fly autonomously for a month at a time, without any human intervention.
The drone, which the Department is considering naming the Sentinel, will be able to autonomously fly for up to four months, and the Sentinel will have a battery of sensors to monitor the drone’s flight.
It is expected to have a range of up to 5,000 miles.
The Sentinel will be developed at a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) facility in Nevada.
The company says it is currently seeking a patent application for the technology, and it has raised $4 million in funding from companies including Boeing and Airbus.
The government hopes to have the drone flying by 2020.
“This technology could make it possible to carry out remote-controlled, long-range reconnaissance missions to determine potential threats to U.N. facilities and missions,” DARPA Chief Technology Officer Brian Murphy told TIME in an email.
The Sentinel’s design is based on the concept of an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, called a drone, but it is not a drone.
The technology is similar to the technology that has been developed for remote-sensing cameras, said Tom Beattie, director of the Department of Civilian Programs at the U.K.-based International Centre for Cyberspace Security (IC3).
“They can look at images and see if there are drones in a certain area, and then you have a remote control system that allows you to take that imagery to a specific location,” Beatties said.
“There’s an enormous amount of potential that is possible with this technology.”
The Sentinel is expected in the 2020s.
If it is successful, it will be the first remotely controlled drone capable of traveling for long periods of time, Beattes said.
This could have huge implications for U.F.O.s and drones, as well as for drones that can carry out aerial surveillance missions.
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