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September 07, 2007

Predators improve fire mapping

"NASA and the U.S. Forest Service have teamed up to test a remotely piloted, unmanned Predator aircraft to improve data collection for fighting wildfires. The Predator is developed and tested at General Atomics Aeronautics facilities in El Mirage and...

August 14, 2007

MQ-1 Predator On Duty

"When terrorists tried shooting mortar rounds at Balad Air Base in July, they didn't count on the tireless, unblinking eye of an MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle overhead, transmitting their every move to Airmen on the ground here. Airmen...

July 29, 2007

Predators Stop Insurgents

"Southwest Asia: Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations July 24, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer...

July 17, 2007

Air Force chief of staff initiates MQ-1 Predator plus-up

"Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley is accelerating delivery of the Defense Department's December 2009 goal of 21 daily MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle combat air patrols, or CAPs, by one year. At the chief of...

July 13, 2007

Predator - Safely Behind the Lines

"Predator -- a fierce name for a warplane that could not hurt you unless it fell on you, but that is the name assigned to the RQ-1 pilotless surveillance aircraft by the United States Air Force. (USAF Photograph) The...

December 03, 2006

New Predator on the Prowl Along The U.S.-Mexican Border in Arizona

"U.S. agents are again using an unmanned spy plane developed by San Diego’s General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. to watch for illegal activity along the 2,000 miles of U.S.-Mexican border in Arizona. “Pilots” on the ground use a device...

July 11, 2006

RQ-1 Predator UAV Video

Here's a video of the Predator UAV in action: It shows just how impressive the Predator UAV is. Great little video....

May 27, 2006

Official Predator UAV Crash Report

On April 25, 2006, at approximately 0341 mountain standard time, an unregistered Predator B aircraft, collided with the terrain approximately 30 statute miles northwest of Nogales, Arizona. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was registered to the U.S. Customs and...

March 30, 2006

Unmanned Predator Kills Three in Iraq

'An MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle engaged three insurgents in the process of planting a homemade bomb along a road near Balad Air Base, Iraq, yesterday evening and launched an AGM-114 Hellfire missile against the group. The Predator monitored...

Predator UAV Engages Insurgents

An MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle engaged three anti-Iraqi forces in the process of placing an improvised explosive device along a road near Balad Air Base yesterday evening. The Predator launched an AGM-114 Hellfire missile against the group. The...

February 15, 2006

EDO to upgrade Predator weapon release

'General Atomics has awarded a design and development contract for a new weapons carriage-and-release system for the MQ-9 Predator drone. The MQ-9 is the "hunter-killer" version of the Predator and has become a lethal part of the arsenal used...

January 06, 2006

Keeping Predators flying helps keep Balad safe

'Airmen who maintain the MQ-1 Predator here take great pride in ensuring the unmanned aerial vehicles they look after can keep and eagle eye on what goes on in Iraq. The 61 Airmen of the 46th Aircraft Maintenance Unit...

October 28, 2005

Predator's Success Ups Procurement And Development

'With the MQ-1 Predator logging significant hours in counterinsurgency operations and earning troop support, the Air Force wants to buy more of the aircraft and develop the next-generation variant. Predators worldwide are logging 4,000 hours a month in support...

October 08, 2005

Predator-B UAV to Patrol US Borders

'General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and high resolution surveillance and radar imaging systems, along with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today unveiled the CBP's first procurement unmanned aircraft system (UAS), a...

September 27, 2005

Predators fly first ever four-ship sorties

'The latest upgrade to the MQ-1 Predator, known as the Multi-Aircraft Control system, entered operational testing with the first ever two-ship and four-ship Predator sorties flown from Creech Air Force Base. During these sorties, members from the 53rd Test...

September 22, 2005

Predator UAS Family Achieves 150,000 Flight Hours

'General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft and high resolution surveillance and radar imaging systems, today announced that the Predator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) family achieved a milestone of 150,000 flight hours last month,...

June 07, 2004

Predator UAV

The Predator is a similar UAV to the Global Hawk. It relies upon a human controller and long runways. It is 27 feet in length and costs around $4.5 million (US) to manufacture. It is a mid-wing monoplane with...

June 04, 2004

Predator UAV Article

This article on the Predator UAV is an interesting one - worth the read. 'The awkward killer ---like the birds it mimics -- begins as a shell, an oblong, egg-like cylinder of fiberglass and resin with aerodynamic hollows for computer...