Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KR0O, May 5, 2021.
Yes, keep advancing the state of the art. My job depends on it.
While not exactly drones, the Japanese did make a couple of tries of delivering bombs by balloon during WWII. They were guided by the jet stream, and had clever barometric triggers on sand bag releases, so that the range was extended. Finally, a timer released the payload. No radio control from Japan. These were "autonomous".
The intent was that these incendiary devices would start massive forest fires, as well as inducing general panic.
Some worked, but many experienced some kind of failure and were recovered intact. Thus, the knowledge of how the little gadgets worked.
The plan was thwarted, I believe, by an absolute blanket of secrecy applied to the US press by our government. The press did not report these incidents, even though rangers contacted government officials when they found a few. Apparently the Japanese figured the lack of coverage meant failure and gave up on the project.
Yes, the potential for turning any new technology into a weapon is always a problem. And, they wouldn't have to have unlimited range to be a threat.
At my blog, I have a series of articles about these balloons:
Freedom? You’ll just lose it. Work, wife, children ... As free as now, you will be only after 60 ...
But radio all this time will be that pleasant variety in life ...
Methink the day I'm settled in the wild first investment have to be for keeping all intruders off, robotic or not.
we don't have any wilderness here, so I have to come to Brazil.
Was there in 1991, enjoyed it very much.
I would invest in a radio shack and an antenna
(when I have built a log cabin, the water supply is assured, I have electrical power
and I have enough to eat.)
In one instance one of the balloon bombs killed a mother and her young children.
Probably the latter. Also land if the weather gets too rough.
That would depend on the ARRL's interpretation. However, since remotes count for where the station is, not where the operator is, a precedent may already exist.
This could have some real possibilities. For example, getting permission to go to Navassa Island is very difficult, but getting permission to land a solar powered drone there might not be.
I can imagine a sealed hull whose entire top surface is solar panels, with GPS and a form of artificial intelligence to run the various systems. Like the drone idea, if the weather got too bad, it would just shut down and bob amidst the waves until conditions improved.
Of course robotic spacecraft landers have been doing this for decades. The USSR landed a rover on the moon way back in 1970 IIRC.
Yes, a real tragedy.
The Japanese missed some good (for them) opportunities to cause even worse damage in the Pacific than they did:
- not following up the Pearl Harbor attack with a third or even fourth wave
- the Battle of Midway
- not attacking the Panama Canal
- there were one or two incidents where a Japanese submarine surfaced off the California coast and shelled coastal installations. They could have done a lot more of that.