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Arms'n'airliners behemoth Boeing has announced that its autonomous robotic stealth chopper, the A160T, will be the initial carrying platform for a new US airborne surveillance payload. The radical new spy system will not be so much an aerial camera as an all-seeing insect-style compound bugeye able to simultaneously look at many …

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Jobs Horns

Great.

The Black Helicopter just left tinfoil hat territory.

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Gigapixels

Worth shooting down one of these, just for the camera, I'd have thought...

FWIW, I think they're missing a trick. The chopper is moving in something approximating a straight line, so the camera only needs to view a wide but thin line across the path, as with a desktop scanner, but on a larger scale. Still, that might save money, and we wouldn't want the military doing anything on the cheap...

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@linear image strips

Long footprint imaging isn't the pint here - that's old news, has been done for half a century and more. The problem being addressed here is real-time monitoring, which strip scans won't solve - A strip scan still only looks at one thing at a time, albeit over a long period of time and distance. What this is doing is continuous monitoring of multiple discrete locations simultaneously.

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Joke

Hmm how about..

Voyeur

Vehicle for cOvert YankEe Udder peRving

I am sure there must be lots of others. :)

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Coat

Fit an acronym to the name

Argus is a demon from Greek myth who had a hundred eyes, so it's a good name for this platform.

Hence the name of the Argus Array from Star Trek:TNG, which was a space-based observatory with many observation modules.

Alan.

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