FRIDAY FOTO (March 22, 2019)

March 22, 2019 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

The Future.

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations Program

(U.S. Air Force photo by Joshua Armstrong)

U.S. Air Force Academy cadets in the Unmanned Aerial System Operations Program familiarize themselves with quad-copter flight controls at the academy’s Cadet Field House in Colorado on March 4, 2019. The next day, the cadets conducted mock scenarios , in the Air Operations Center’s “Reaper Room.” An MQ-9 flight simulator allowed one operator to control multiple Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) which can autonomously search, find, identify and track various targets worldwide.

On March 1, the Air Force’s two main UAVs (also known as remotely piloted aircraft) —  the MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper — reached a flight hour milestone. The Predator and Reaper have been flown more than 4 million hours. Since the late 1990s, Air Force drones have conducted persistent attack and reconnaissance; search and rescue, and strike and support, to civil authority missions around the world.

The MQ-1B entered the Air Force fleet in 1996 and retired in 2018. The MQ-9 mission began in 2007.

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