Drones are becoming everyday news and the secretive Black Dart, the US military’s largest live-fly, live-fire counter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was released to the press for the first time this year, posted Vice News today. The military has been top secret for the past ten years about the cutting edge drone technology.
Vice News was allowed to film footage for their episode of War Games. This rare opportunity to find out the US military’s counter drone efforts and what they mean was an opportunity to see the future of military drones. Black Dart has been filmed along the California coast doing its exercises.
More information has been released about drones which have been used by the US military since World War II. They are easy and accessible for air defense practice shoots. US pilots go after drones in live-fire training exercise. It is safe and efficient for a military or government contractor to use a drone for a missile or anti-aircraft device that requires testing for defense or explosion. Black Dart has provided the target practice from the US military range of the new missiles and device tactical equipment throughout the years.
Drones as an unmanned air vehicle used for practice provides a wide range of use for the US military. It is common place along the California coast and has been almost blasé as a sight. Today’s world is moving faster into the technology age of using smart devices. Regulations will be an issue of the future and is already an such issue in the UK.
In The Hague on Tuesday, a Dutch-based student demonstrated a prototype of an “ambulance drone”, a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes. It flies at 100 kilometers or 60 miles per hour. It developer is a Belgian Tu Delft University engineering graduate, Alec Momont. He says that there are 800,000 cardiac arrests in the European Union each year. Due to the response time and trip to a hospital only eight percent survive.
“The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometre (4.6 square miles) zone within a minute, reducing the chance of survival from 8 percent to 80 percent,” states Momont. The drone is painted a bright emergency yellow and has six propellers. It can carry a four kilogramme load- the defibrillator.
Painted in emergency services yellow and driven by six propellers, the drone can carry a four kilogramme load or eight pounds — in this case a defibrillator. Amsterdam and the Dutch Heart Foundation are viewing the device. Momont wants to see the emergency drone carry more medical equipment for on location delivery to the paramedic. At a cost of around $19,000 per unit, Momont plans to see this emergency drone active around the Netherlands within three years