Monday, October 09, 2006

Global Hawk, Artificial Intelligence, Boeing, DARPA, and September 11

FACT: China bought four hundred million dollars worth of the very 757's that struck the World Trade Center. Someone needs to explain to me why this was done if these jets had just been shown to be vulnerable.

Boeing signs huge China deal

~they had just been shown to operate nicely...the boeing deal was a cover for a more sensitive technology transfer...remotely controlled, artificial intelligence enhanced piloting~

Boeing has established a new division to expand the "unmanned systems" market and speed development of pilotless combat aircraft. The immediate focus is on the USAF X-45 UCAV. Once this aircraft has been proved to a sufficient degree, the division plans to develop prototypes for gathering intelligence, area surveillance and combat reconnaissance. The X-45A is undergoing taxi testing in preparation for its first flight during the first half of next year. Initial low speed taxi testing confirmed the autonomous operation of the vehicle as well as its responsiveness to controller commands. The X-45A demonstrator system consists of an air vehicle, mission control system and a storage container. The air vehicle has a stealthy, tailless, 27-foot long airframe with a 34-foot wingspan. It can carry a variety of precision strike munitions. [U][A][D][R]

~The September 11 attacks were conducted with the use of AI.~

Bombshell: Planes of 911 Exceeded Their Software Limits - More evidence of remote hijack !!!

Utilizing Artificial Intelligence to Achieve Dominant Battlespace Awareness/Knowledge


the following is snipped from Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Technology

After September eleventh, UCAV technology took a big step. Although not confirmed by the Pentagon, it is reported that an RQ-1 Predator spy plane equipped with hellfire missiles flew over Afghanistan and conducted the first successful remote-controlled bombing raids in history (Bowmaster). The operators remained safely on the ground out of harms way.


Boeing, with backing from DARPA, is on the cutting edge with the development of the X-45, which is scheduled for flight test in early 2002. With an estimated range of 500 to 1,000 miles and a payload of 1,000 to 3,000 pounds, Boeing intends to increase effectiveness and survivability of manned combat aircraft by sending their UCAV in first to clear out radar, antiaircraft sights, and surface to air missile (SAM) sights. With two prototypes already complete, they are moving forward with their vision of air combat tomorrow.


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Technologies of interest to DARPA include laser guns, remote sensors, underwater communications, advanced computer networks, artificial intelligence programs and robotic scouts.


"The autonomous robotics technologies being developed today will allow future war fighters to accomplish their missions more effectively with less risk of casualties," DARPA Director Anthony Tether told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee at a recent hearing on the Pentagon budget.


Stephen Johnston, the director of the Center for Biomedical Inventions at the University of Texas Medical School in Dallas, has a DARPA contract to make vaccines against anthrax and plague from fragments of DNA. He called his process "genetic immunization."


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We have strong industry involvement in our state-of-the-art test beds for wargaming and system development. The Undersea Battlelab and the Synthetic Environment Research Facility provide an innovative environment in which researchers, uniform personnel and industry representatives are working together with excellent outcomes. These facilities have been developed to support research, development and analysis of military operations, using wargaming of selected scenarios. This allows new concepts and systems to be developed and evaluated without high technical risk or expensive trials. In the Undersea Battlelab for example we have some four or five companies involved in enhancement programs. We are working with Boeing and other elements of Defence in experimenting with the utility of simulation in high level force structure studies.


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Houston Associates, Inc., located in most large Federal government engineering centers, is a leading edge engineering technologies company, that has been involved with a wide variety of DoD Information Technologies requirements for more than 15 years. HAI has provided outstanding engineering capabilities and transitional development services to a wide range of clients.

Among our Federal client base are DARPA, DISA, DIA, DSWA, USAF, US Army, several CINCs, and Federal Agencies. Each is supported with engineering capabilities from Network (MAN&WAN), ATM requirements (Red and Black systems), Mission Control Support Element Engineering Services employing leading edge Information Technologies for the UAV-Predator, UAV-Global Hawk, and other relate systems. HAI supports and is under contract to provide engineering services to the NASA Manned Space Flight Program at Marshall and Johnson Space Flight Centers. HAI is also doing network site work at Birk Test Center, Edward AFB, California. Our commercial client base included Raytheon, Sprint, Lockheed Space, an Lockheed SkunkWorks, to name a few.


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420 Hardscrabble Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514
(914) 769-2939
Plamen Petrov
DARPA 98-027
Title:Intelligent Agent-Based Software Architecture for Combat Performance under Overwhelming Information Inflow and Uncertainty
Abstract:We propose an innovative performance accounting approach and methodology for Combat Control. While without a question combat control is a complicated undertaking across most if not all military problem domains, it is particularly hard for those with significant amounts of dynamically changing, uncertain, and at best, partially correct critical data. One problem which fits this description is commanding and operating a nuclear attack submarine, such as a Los Angeles class boat. We will research, design and provide a performance accounting methodology and a concomitant system software architecture, to assist the SSN team (CO, XO, OOD, sonar men and others) in their exceptionally hard jobs. With assistance from the submarine combat experts, we will represent and accurately model the problem of combat control under conditions of uncertain, confusing, partially correct information and significant time and mission stress. We will furthermore design and develop asynchronous, intelligent software assistants (i.e., agents) to support the reduction, management, coordination of information, and to model adversarial and friendly behavior, and to provide advice to and to agents (playing human roles). The agents will learn and cooperate, with humans and each other. The agents will facilitate efficient and effective team operation and provide both objective (e.g., "faster and better" problem solving) and subjective (e.g., playing Devil's Advocate and "what if" scenarios) support. 21CSI builds tools for complex systems engineering and operation. The company has pioneered the use of both affordable visualization and intelligent agents in design and decision support tools. 21CSI has already delivered or is delivering innovative tools and technologies to AF Armstrong Lab, AF SMC and DARPA. 21CSI is engaged in a major joint licensing with Telelogic, an investigation of technology transition with Boeing, a transition to SMC's satellite management, and an investigation of a Navy-Air Force simulation and decision support system for Joint Forces Operations with the Navy. We fully expect DARPA funds to leverage third-party support.


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1. Company name, address:

Hughes Aircraft Company
3970 Sherman St.
San Diego, CA 92110

2. Company URL:

3. Point of contact for UAV business area, telephone number, e-mail address:

W. G. Sherman
(61 9)543 -4102/(310) 334-4259

4. Company product/service:

Radar/Electro-OpticaVSATCOM/Data Links/EW/Processors

5. UAV-related company capabilities:

  • Radar and Electro-Optical System Provider for TIER II Plus/Global Hawk


see also:

SDI, NASA , and September 11

from which the following is snipped

The attacks also caused disruption for satellite and space companies across the USA.



For 50 years artificial intelligence has failed to live up to hopes, but it might just be ready to make rapid progress over the next decade. [U][C][V]

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NASA is using a robot aeroplane to study lightning and violent weather systems in order to improve storm forecasting. The storm-chasing UAV is called Altus and is a heavyweight version of Predator. Altus carries sensors to measure magnetic and electrical fields and air currents and a camera for detecting lightning flashes. The hope is that Altus will hover above storm formations from their birth until they peter out. [U][A][E][R]

The US Air Force has put on show the X-45 robot plane. Boeing has built two X-45 prototypes. Only one of them has flown so far, reaching an air speed of 195 knots and an altitude of 7,500 feet (2,290 metres). The second prototype is due to start test flights in the autumn. The target cost of each plane is between $10m and $15m or about one-third the cost of next-generation fighter planes. DARPA has at least six other drones under development, some no larger than a cake tin. [U][A]

Nando Times reports that US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld aims to shift the Pentagon's spending priorities to emphasise newer technology-driven weapons like unpiloted air and sea vehicles and space surveillance systems. [D][U][A]

DARPA is funding a consortium of four US universities to explore the use of multiple UAVs and robotic surface vehicles together with stationary sensors for complex surveillance. Sensors and platforms would autonomously co-ordinate their activities with minimal human intervention. The aim is that the diversity of sensors and platforms can allow increasingly localised searches to find quarry that is too well concealed to be found with current technology. This involved developing detection and classification algorithms for multi-modal inverse problems. Targets could be land mines, concealed under tree cover or in underground bunkers or caves. [D][R][U][X]

AI is useful for putting ad hoc decision making capabilities in an embedded system. [U][K][X]

NASA, US Navy and academic scientists met test pilots at a desert airfield in New Mexico last week to fly planes at one another. Their tests should help fledgling robotic vehicles fly the nest within a few years to safely share crowded skies with other aircraft. [U][A][D]

The conflict in Afghanistan has emphasised the importance of uninhabited air vehicles and accelerated their use for firing missiles as well as for reconnaissance and target designation. Global Hawk is being deployed even though it has not completed testing, and has yet to be approved for mass production. It is capable of flying at 65,000 feet, beyond the reach of any ground-based weapon. DOD is spending $1.2bn a year on UAV research. If the JSF programme suffers slippages it could be overtaken by the Boeing development of UCAVs. [U][D][A][R]

A recent NASA article reviews how artificial intelligence is being applied to mobile robots. [U][C][K]

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