Made In The US of America Anduril Announcing Ghost 4 A Drone With Ph.D. Degree

Palmer Luckey and his team at Anduril Industries launched Ghost 4 — a new Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) with the ability to use high-level artificial intelligence.

Is Anduril pushing China of the top of the (drone) hill?

The immediate future of the consumer-oriented part of the Chinese-backed drone-manufacturing industry isn’t in danger yet. As Ghost wasn’t designed with consumer or even high-end commercial market in mind, the guys at DJI have no reason to start looking for a new employer.

Anduril is a defense contractor. Its newest product is aimed at government-run agencies like the Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection, to name a few.

Luckey’s company isn’t after tech-savvy teenagers or middle-aged guys who, instead of buying a motorcycle to make themselves look cool, choose a cheaper option of acquiring a drone and flying it in some local municipal park. His company is after BIG guys.

“BIG guys” means the US government and its allies. They are at the top of the list of intended customers. With help from the 2019-2020 National Defense Authorization Act (Senator Chris Murphy provision), which banned most government entities from purchasing or using Chinese-manufactured equipment (including drones), Anduril should be on an easy path of taking over that market.

Ghost 4 is:

  • A single-rotor aircraft.
  • Autonomous.
  • Compact.
  • Practically invisible to the targets it observes (because of its extremely low acoustic signature).
  • Modular (easy to customize).
  • Able to fly for over 100 minutes carrying a full mission payload.
  • Designed for swarming and intelligent teaming (a single operator can control large numbers of networked airframes).

Designed in the USA, Build in the USA for the US and its allies’ military needs.

Ghost 4 launch.

Published on Sep 09, 2020, by Anduril Industries.

Ghost 4 is capable of aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cargo delivery, counter intrusion, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare.

Dragonfly with a college diploma.

Ghosts don’t need much human input to perform even the most complex missions. The drone is controlled entirely through the Anduril’s Lattice software platform, and the need for the operator’s supervision is cut to a minimum.

For example:

The Ghost’s capability of swarming and intelligent teaming makes it possible for a single operator to control large numbers of networked units. The operator assigns tasks to a group of drones, then Lattice (an Artificial Intelligence software that drones operate on) acts as supervising authority, which uses incoming real-time data to choose the most efficient way to complete those tasks.

Ghost is an incredibly intelligent sUAS with an onboard Lattice AI Core capable of performing 32 trillion operations per second, which is nearly 100 times faster than the computational speeds of other sUAS currently available. Ghost harnesses the Lattice AI Core to run computer vision and sensor fusion algorithms at the edge, enabling Ghost to identify, classify, and track objects of interest in low-bandwidth and contested environments with a low radio frequency signature. [ MORE ]

Palmer Luckey calls his newest drone…,

The best drone there is.

Ghost 4 is highly customizable and, depending on configuration, capable of performing multiple tasks, including aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cargo delivery, counter intrusion, signal intelligence, and electronic warfare, naming a few. If we take all of the above and realize that all those capabilities are squeezed into a tiny package (under 108 inches long), Luckey’s statement sounds entirely believable.

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Palmer Luckey of Anduril

Palmer Luckey: Different Kind Of Defense Contractor

Palmer Luckey is the founder and chief technology officer of a defense tech startup — Anduril Industries. The company, launched in 2017, is creating products he says, the United States needs as a matter of national security.

Anduril (The Flame of the West) has built surveillance systems for the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the U.K. Royal Marines. The company is now adding a drone-destroying capability to its product line, which earned them a contract to deploy its interceptor system in conflict zones overseas.

Luckey doesn’t view his company as a defense contractor. He describes it as a defense technology company. Anduril doesn’t use government financing (otherwise known as taxpayer money) to design/create its products.

We started Anduril to disrupt an antiquated approach to defense; and, in doing so, save lives, save taxpayer money, and make the military-industrial complex way less complex.

The company uses its own resources to develop a fully functional system and then present it to the Department of Defense or other government agencies. This approach exposes the company to a higher level of financial risk, but, on the other hand, elimination of the hustle of dealing with government bureaucracy speeds up the development of new products.

Palmer Luckey talks to Laurie Segall.

Published on Jan 09, 2020

Read Silicon Valley should stop ostracizing the military by Palmer Luckey ((Anduril Industries’ founder and chief technology officer) and Trae Stephens (Anduril Industries’ chairman)

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President Trump Pulling U.S. Troops Out Of Syria…

…fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East.

As a result of many decades of complaints from people around the globe criticizing the United States for its imperialistic politics, and accusations of bullying nations into submission, President Trump, in an effort to make everyone happy, is reducing US military presence abroad. As a first step, he’s pulling our troops out of Northern Syria.

Oddly, the same people who used to complain about the USA being policeman of the world, are now complaining that we don’t want the job anymore. They have questions!

  • What about ISIS fighters still operating in Iraq and Syria?
  • What about over 10,000 militants currently detained by the Kurds?
  • What about security for sprawling camps filled with tens of thousands of displaced Syrian families?
  • What about Turkey’s impending incursion?

These are all excellent questions, and I’d like to add another one:

  • What about Europe?

What about all those “superpowers” sitting much closer to the Middle-East than we are? Like Germany, or France, or maybe Great Britain. Perhaps they should send their soldiers to Syria and tell Tayyip Erdogan to calm down and stop dreaming about military escapades into his neighbor’s territory.

President Trump has explained his decision.

I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great Military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don’t even like the USA.

The two most unhappy countries at this move are Russia & China, because they love seeing us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so.

When I took over, our Military was totally depleted. Now it is stronger than ever before. The endless and ridiculous wars are ENDING! We will be focused on the big picture, knowing we can always go back & BLAST!

Pres. Donald Trump

The last thought.

Europeans are still around. When it comes to dealing with the local problems, Europe should take the initiative instead of looking at the United States. I don’t mind helping our allies, but I don’t think they should expect the US military to do all the dirty work. (While they, the allies, watch the action on TV.)

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Pres. Trump Re-Establishes United States Space Command

On April 9, 2019, at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan delivered a speech where he outlined the Defense Department’s plans to establish U.S. Space Command and the U.S. Space Force.

Secretary Shanahan said in his speech that both China and Russia have weaponized space in ways that put existing U.S. space capabilities at risk.

He said that

Weapons are currently deployed by our competitors that can attack our assets in space.

and

The threat is clear: we’re in an era of great power competition, and the next major conflict may be won or lost in space. Because of their actions, space is no longer a sanctuary — it is now a war-fighting domain. This is not a future or theoretical threat; this is today’s threat. We are not going to sit back and watch. We are going to act. We are going to deter conflict from extending into space, and ensure we can respond decisively if deterrence fails.

Today (Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019) President Trump authorized the creation of the United States Space Command, first step on the way to create the Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military.

Air Force four-star Gen. John “Jay” Raymond has been appointed as a commander of new U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM). The role of USSPACECOM is to handle space operations such as satellite-based navigation and communications for troops and commanders in the field and detection of missile launches abroad.

Published on Aug 29, 2019
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Just as we have recognized land, air, sea and cyber as vital war-fighting domains, we will now treat space as an independent region overseen by a new unified geographic combatant command.

and

As a unified combatant command, the United States Space Command is the next crucial step toward the creation of an independent Space Force as an additional armed service.

Pres Donald Trump

Why having Space Force is so important?

First and foremost, we need it, to guarantee that progressive late-night show hosts on TV have something to joke about.

The other reason, at least as important as humor on late-night TV, is our satellite network. Satellites are crucial to commercial and military activities. Navigation, and timing (global positioning satellites); missile launch warning; communications; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), these are space assets, that neither we or our arm forces can function without. The problem is that at the moment we don’t have a system in place capable of defending them against potential attack launched by any of our adversaries.

Taking a satellite out isn’t easy but it isn’t impossible either.
In 2007 China destroyed its own weather satellite as a part of the anti-satellite system (SC-19) test. The U.S. conducted a similar test 22 years earlier, hitting a decommissioned DoD satellite.

As of 3/31/19, there ware 2,062 of functioning satellites orbiting the earth. That’s lots of targets.
United States runs 901 satellites (including 31 operational GPS satellites).

  • Civil: 38
  • Commercial: 523
  • Government: 164
  • Military: 176

There’s no need to destroy all of them. Disrupting network connection of just one GPS satellite for a split second can cause its clock to go out of sync and in effect create catastrophic events in many areas of our lives. Why? One could ask. The Global Positioning System, despite its name, is not about maps anymore – it’s about time, globally synchronized time.

The satellites continuously broadcast their time and position data down to Earth where the financial services sector uses GPS-derived-time to timestamp all the transactions processed by their system. Every time one pulls cash from an ATM, uses a credit card to pay for groceries or trade stock on NASDAQ, the GPS makes it possible.

Off course, the financial sector is only one example. Telecom networks, computer data centers, electrical power grids, digital broadcast radio services, seismic monitoring networks and of course military are few others. Whenever perfect synchronization is required, GPS is there free for all to use. Unless something will happen and then we all will get screwed…

Hopefully, Trump administration will succeed in creating security measures necessary to keep our space assets safe and fully operational.

Just for fun.

Track satellites in real-time.

Stuff in Space is a real-time 3D map of man-made objects in Earth orbit brought to life by James Yoder. Roughly 15,000 objects are orbiting the Earth – satellites (both living and dead), rocket stages and debris tracked in real-time.

by James Yoder – the University of Texas.

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