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Alternative Energy helps government do a better, quieter job of surveillance

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Nearly undetectable from the ground, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are widely used by the military to scan terrain for possible threats and intelligence. Now, fuel cell powered UAVs are taking flight as an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored program to help tactical decision-makers gather critical information more efficiently… and more quietly…

In particular, the Ion Tiger UAV tests a hydrogen-powered fuel cell design, which can travel farther and carry heavier payloads than earlier battery-powered designs. Ion Tiger employs stealthy characteristics due to its small size, reduced noise, low heat signature and zero emissions…

Fuel cells create an electrical current when they convert hydrogen and oxygen into water and are pollution-free. A fuel cell propulsion system can also deliver potentially twice the efficiency of an internal combustion engine – while running more quietly and with greater endurance…

This spring, Ion Tiger’s flight trial is expected to exceed the duration of previous flights seven-fold.

The inevitable question returns: how well will oversight govern use of devices like this for domestic spying?

Do you think Cheney moles in the NSA and elsewhere won’t be tracking the Big Brother potential?

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Written by Ed Campbell

April 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Politics, Technology

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