Skip to comments.Iran Shows Decoded Video from Captured American Drone
Posted on 02/06/2013 6:59:25 PM PST by James C. Bennett
If this is what it looks like, this is bad for everyone who isn't Iran: after claiming the capture of a downed, super-advanced American drone in 2011, we now have what looks like decoded video straight from its brain.
The video, which The Aviationist's David Cenciotti says is indeed shot "from the FLIR turret of the RQ-170" Sentinel drone, clearly shows Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistana vital limb of the American military presence in the region. Fears over the drone's capture had been tempered by the fact that any onboard data would either be damaged or encrypted beyond the point of salvage. Clearly that's not the case, as the video above is as crisp as anything you'd see straight out of the Pentagon.
There's the possibility that the video is fake, sure. But the locale depicted looks exactly like KAF, which would be impossible for Iran to access itself. This doesn't mean the Iranian intelligence apparatus has access to any UAV missions the US is running now, but if another drone were to go down in the futurehighly probablethis means its visual cargo is in danger. There's also no telling what else was onboard the Sentinel Iran still has onboard. [The Aviationist]
From the comments at the GIZMODO link:
“Did anyone consider that this is probably fake? Seriously, if you were Iran, and you had the ability to decryption top secret US encryption, would you go announce to the world that you could? All that would do would be to prompt your enemy to change the way they do things, and you would lose your ability to see their data.”
Normally you would be correct.
In this case, the First Undocumented Moslem
will just resend them the changed encryption keys.
Imagine if a traitor was pRes_ _ent during WW2.
Right? Give up major intel like that? Even Iran isn’t that stupid. False Flag...
I’ll betcha someone did send Iran the decryption codes.. Probably China, Russia or that other evil empire called 0bama.
They must have taken down the video.
Not difficult to imagine. The traitor-in-chief and his puppeteers are guiding us straight into WW3
Knowing the douche, O had it unscrambled/dencoded before it left the tarmac to it’s low and slow flying duck shoot.
He sure as hell hasn’t done squat to hinder Iran from joining the atomic club
Why would the drone be filming Kandahar?
Thanks for the Dodge Ram video.
At one time we could listen to all of their satellite phone calls. A leaky leahy and or others decided that that wasn’t a secret worth keeping secret. Just sayin’ /s
Thanks James C. Bennett.
we should send them copies of photos taken over their territories with bullseyes over their strategic targets....just to get their attention.
Current encryption methods are VERY hard to crack unless you actually are given the key.
It is cobbled together footage from other sources. They made a glitch in video editing that gives it away. They make the video cut just a second to late, and it gives you a brief gimps of the next video clip on the source they was taking it from. At 1.33, you see a quick glimpse of a building right when it explodes from a missile strike.
The sentinel drone does not carry weapons.
It is operational footage from armed drone missions.
Looking at that video and comparing it to what Nova showed on its documentary on Drones, I would say it was footage from technology that is inferior to what is possible now. Now we have technology that will pinpoint one person in an entire city and back-track him back to the house he came out of 8 hours before. So, let’s say an IED blows up one of our soldiers. A drone will capture the IED blowing up, back-track to the time the IED was planted and follow the person who planted the IED back in time to the house they came from. Imagine an entire city under surveillance from 5,000 feet with definition of one foot. Such files will go for weeks on end.
Resolution of one foot?
Google Earth (shot from space) already clearly shows the <1/4” wires on the power line crossing my front yard...
My memory was wrong. From the Nova documentary, Rise of the Drones, the resolution from 17,500 feet was six inches. It showed a man on the ground, waving his arms and a small bird in flight. The system, called ARGUS-IS, is very powerful; able to store one million tera bites/day with a resolution of 1.8 billion pixtels. You can read more about its capabilities here (very interesting):
As an analogy, I have identified stone artifacts in the shallows of a lake's wave-swept beach by spotting something unusual and then staring at it during several wave passes. The visibility through any single wave was blurry, but, as my mind built up a composite image from several wave "exposures", the resulting "mental composite" was clear enough to identify the object as a stone projectile point.
Argus, with all its storage and computational power, apparently does not require the ultimate in single-pixel resolution to do its ID and tracking job...
Nonetheless, I was surprised at the single-frame resolution in the latest Google Earth releases. But -- what would you expect from, essentially, a Hubble Space Telescope -- aimed at Earth...? '-)
And, I would be very surprised if the public gets to see the "really good stuff"...
Yep, I did a couple of frame grabs of that explosion — just for the record. And, I bet that anyone familiar with the Predator will recognize those landing gear closeups as being from a Predator — not a RQ-170.
Also, I think I saw another Predator in some of those ground shots...