Skip to comments.U.S. military spy drone can see what type of phone you're carrying from 17,500ft
Posted on 01/28/2013 10:12:04 PM PST by expat1000
A sinister airborne surveillance camera gives the U.S. military the ability to track movements in an entire city like a real-time Google Street View.
The ARGUS-IS array can be mounted on unmanned drones to capture an area of 15 sq/miles in an incredible 1,800MP - that's 225 times more sensitive than an iPhone camera.
From 17,500ft the remarkable surveillance system can capture objects as small as 6in on the ground and allows commanders to track movements across an entire battlefield in real time.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
That tremendous level of detail makes it sensitive enough to not only track people moving around on the ground thousands of feet below, but even to see what they are doing or carrying. The ARGUS array sends its live feed to the ground where it connects to a touch-screen command room interface. Using this, operators can zoom in to any area within the camera's field of view, with up to 65 zoom windows open at once. Each video window is electronically steerable independent of the others, and can either provide continuous imagery of a fixed area on the ground or be designated to automatically keep a specified target in the window.
30,000 drones roughs out to a 10sq mi grid over the 48, well within the capabilities reported for this drone.
Land of the free is becoming a giant open air super max.
they can probably tell the date on a dime
Remember folks... the guy doing this can be in North Dakota and the Cell Phone he is looking at can be in Iran.
Cool stuff ... much better than Dick Tracy, but I heard Apple may be coming out with a Dick Tracy Watch
More detail on ARGUS:
“The system automatically tracks any moving object it can see, including both vehicles and individuals on foot, highlighting them with coloured boxes so they can be easily identified.
“It also records everything, storing an approximate million terabytes of data a day - the equivalent of 5,000 hours of high-definition video footage.
“’So you can go back and say I’d like to see what happened at this particular location three days, two hours [and] four minutes ago, and it will actually show you what happened as if you were watching it live,’ said Mr Antoniades.”
And the guy controlling the drone could be in Iran and you are in North Dakota.
Think hackers.Think about the U.S. drone the Iranians already got. Think about our terrorist-in-chief occupying the White House.
Think about having absolutely no privacy from the government. Think it still sounds wonderful?
My recent post on ARGUS:
“Here is the FR thread on the NOVA program, which was very informative. The Predator drones inventor is interviewed and the Predator insides are extensively revealed in addition to demonstration of the ARGUS system.
“Rise of the Drones (PBS NOVA Wed Jan 23 9PM EST)”
2 posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 2:07:28 AM by Seizethecarp
17,500ft. Too high. Maybe HERF could get it.
Better yet don’t deploy 30,000 drones over US.
.... U.S. military spy drone can see what type of phone you’re carrying from 17,500ft ....
Article and # 7.
I’ve read they also have cameras that can now identify every individual in a crowd individually.
(My comment on NOVA demo):
You will note that the ARGUS demonstration was made over Quantico VA, just down the Potomac River from Wash DC and right over the Marine Corps base, so ARGUS is already in US airspace as of this 2011 demonstration and probably earlier.
I strongly expect that the inauguration this week was covered by an ARGUS drone (maybe several)...and some armed Predator drones as well that would have been piloted by a dedicated Secret Service detail. This is merely an extension of the sniper protection of the POTUS to a third dimension. I also expect that POTUS has Predator and ARGUS coverage in place for all US appearances around the US and probably in many foreign appearances as well.
This same logic that I suspect has already brought armed drones into US airspace will inevitably bring armed drones to local law enforcement as part of SWAT teams.
How does one zero in a scope for 10,000 ft?
Can you hear me now???
>>Remember folks... the guy doing this can be in North Dakota and the Cell Phone he is looking at can be in Iran.
Well, yeah. Hopefully it will be Iran, not Kentucky or Texas, for example.
Thanks. I thought details had probably been posted under another title, but what the heck...
***** “Land of the free is becoming a giant open air super max” *****
Not gonna happen... the operators, the support ... all local ... ain’t cheap either
If it gets to the point that you are worried about we have already decreased our population by 50% those that could give the orders to turn these loose on us... their attrition rate may be a bit higher.
I Trust my fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Marines. (You Coasties need to step up, starting to worry bout you guys turning into the Maritime version of BATF)
I Trust my Sheriff
I (WE) in my town can (if we need to) replace our Mayor and City Council that give the marching orders to LE
Dunno. HERF might disable electronics. Trace a grid across the sky. Maybe get lucky.
This is the stuff they tell us about and it’s unbelievably powerful. The fed. govt plans on deploying 30,000 drones. I don’t know that they are all this powerful... yet.
Surveillance of this magnitude is an incredibly aggressive act. No humans should have this power over others save in war.
The slope is a cliff and we are headed for it at full warp speed.
Yeah well the Big Guy Upstairs is watching the drones watching us.
Who shall I fear?
Through cloud cover?
Daily Mail is great! Thanks for posting the article with even greater detail regarding the surveillance that is available to Barry for good or evil.
This system can take any sector and toggle back and forth through time. They can track you back to the house (or place of crime) you came out of; to what you are doing in present time (with a colored marker following your movements). They can keep track of an entire city and know the comings and goings of anyone they want. If you are taken out, they call it a “splash.”
Comcast has that PBS Nova broadcast on pay-per-view.
Used to be I would think this technology and think “This stuff is great - sure would suck to be a Gook, Taliban, etc.”
Now it is scary as I think instead of our enemy being on the receiving end of this, I think of me. HOWEVER - I would hope that the military guys running this would NOT run them over the U.S. BUT - other posts with regard to the Secret Service, SWAT, etc. make very good points that this technology will make it to our skies.
To mess with the people watching - put your cell phone in your shoe-
Nope not visible light, but there are other spectrum's.
That they can see what type of phone I’m carrying?
In that PBS Nova broadcast on drones, they said that we are in the Wright Brothers era of drone technology. With that technology, you can run but you can’t hide.
Can it see my middle finger?
>>Can it see my middle finger?
Splash one! :-(
Two Words: Information Overload.
This can have a paralyzing effect on real-time actions, just as having too little information can do the same.
They could tell you whether a dime was heads or tails way back in the 70s. I kinda doubt the resolution is any less these days.
Interesting that the article states the altitude as 17,500 feet, 500 feet below the lowest usable flight level.
They just think we are dumb and don’t know their capabilities. Of course, the reporter dutifully printed the misdirection.
I think it was the movie “Conspiracy Theory” with Gene Hackman - and the Govt. is trying to figure out who he is - and tracking every move. Paraphrased IIRC:
“Come on - look up! That stupid hat he’s wearing!!”
“What - you can’t see his face?”
“No you idiot - it’s from a satellite!”
“Well - if you can’t see his face, what good is it? That’s pretty lame.”
All of that said, I imagine if they wanted to they can just follow the signal on your smartphone. I just bought my first one and most everything requires answering yes to “Can we use your current position?” in order to work. That will be the first thing to go.
System does not have nearly a large enough effective aperture using visible light to distinguish a cell phone type or even discriminate between a phone or type of another device. In fact, the phone would fall within a single pixel.
I don't think what they showed on the NOVA show would do that, but they probably have better stuff than they show us.
What they did show was impressive, It is somewhat like the "Person of Interest" TV show, but all from above.
It is a shame that we have to be afraid of a government that can see everything we do, but we lose the fear of God who knows our every thought.