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    Default The Gorgon Goes To War In Afghanistan

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    November 27, 2010:
    The U.S. Air Force is finally sending its new, multi-camera system for UAVs, Gorgon Stare, to Afghanistan.
    These two (quarter ton each) pods are carried on one of the wing hard points of MQ-9 Reaper UAVs.
    This system has already been tested in Afghanistan, and undergone over a year of tweaking. At this point,
    each Gorgon Stare contains nine cameras (five day and four night/infrared).
    Aside from enabling several camera operators to work from one UAV, the camera system also has software to enable covering a larger area,
    by having the cameras cover adjacent areas.
    The cameras can also look at the same area, from slightly different angles, and produce 3-D images. Two or more cameras can be used over the same area,
    at different resolution to, for example, search for a specific individual (who is on the Hellfire delivery list),
    and have another camera focus in on suspect individuals to get a positive identification.
    The system software also allows for rapidly shifting from one area to another, in response to requests from the ground.
    Since the RQ-9 operates at higher altitudes (7,000 meters or more), the cameras can zero in on particular patches of ground, over a wide area.


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    Systems like Gorgon Stare are a way of addressing the UAV shortage. One method is to equip a small aircraft (manned or not)
    with more powerful cameras, ones designed to monitor several different ground operations at once.
    Another method is to install more powerful cameras in smaller UAVs. This has been an ongoing effort, with smaller UAVs having gone through several generations
    of sensor packages in the last six years.


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    and Yes! it's came true!
    today news:

    US to Deploy New Intelligence Drone to Afghanistan
    02 January 2011 VOA News A leading U.S. newspaper says the U.S. military is set to deploy a new intelligence drone
    to Afghanistan with the capacity to transmit live video images of movement across an entire town.

    The Washington Post reported Sunday the "revolutionary" airborne surveillance system consists of nine video cameras
    mounted on a remotely piloted aircraft. The system, called Gorgon Stare, can send up to 65 different images to different users.

    In contrast, Air Force drones now in operation use
    one camera, covering an area the size of one or two buildings.

    Major General James Poss, the Air Force's assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, told the Post the new
    aircraft will take the guesswork out of where to point the camera because the system "will be looking at a whole city."

    The newspaper says officials have acknowledged the new tool is of "limited value" without the utilization of intelligence reports on the ground.

    The Washington Post says the multi-million-dollar Gorgon Stare is expected to arrive in Afghanistan in about two months.

    The newspaper reports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is also exploring the potential of the aircraft's technology.

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