No, didn't mean to make fun of your post, I was actually serious
: the point I was trying to make is slighty different, we must never confuse three things:
- what "they" really have
- what "they" say they have
------------------------------------------ <- this is separating line between "they" and "us"
- what "we" can have
As I see it (or at least the way I would conduct "business" if I were part of the "they") it is only too logical that "they" have more than what "they" tell us and can do more things than what "they" tell us.
The separating line is what makes drones such an interesting piece of news, *somehow* we can have them and we can have them "affordable" and "reliable" for the first time.
More or less "they" are the same guys that managed in 1962 (that is 50 - fifty years ago) to fly an U-2 (and that wasn't news for them) at mindboggingly height and speed and take B/W snapshots of missile sites in Cuba, example:https://upload.wikim...to.jpg?dur=1825
Fifty years ago "we" could maybe
afford a Cessna 172.
Today "we" simply go to google maps, and have (of course not real-time updated) snapshots better resolution than those, and in colour, example:https://maps.google.... Rio, Cuba&z=19
A non-military R/C helicopter or model plane equipped with a camera was news maybe some 20 (twenty) years ago.
But it was costly, difficult to pilot, had a peculiar tendency to very often come down as if it was a piece of cast iron , had to be "in sight", etc., etc.
At the time "they" most probably
had already something that was reliable, actually could be remotely (without having it "in sight") controlled and what not.
Let's say that "our" budget for the thingy was US$ 10,000 ( a LOT of money at the time, and stil now) and around it there were three or four ordinary guys (all of them more or less "average", with a full-time work, possibly a family, designing and building the flying object in their spare time).
At the same time "they" had a limitless budget (or let's say US$ 10,000,000), the very top of scientists, engineers and pilots working full time to a similar project.
Guess which of the two resulted as "better"?
Now "we" can have for much less than the US $ 10,000 of today, which correspond:http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/
roughly to 6,250 $ of 1993, a drone capable of flying slowly at a low quote taking pictures and movies.
And (for free or paying a fee) exceptionally good satellite images.
What can "they" have?
Edited by jaclaz, 15 June 2013 - 04:48 AM.