The Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle that's used for high-altitude, long-duration surveillance. You tell it what to do, and it can take off, fly, spy, and return without any human input.
- United States 🇺🇸
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NASA has its own Global Hawk that it uses to spy on the ocean and the atmosphere.
Able to fly halfway around the globe and remain on station for long periods of time. Capable of capturing high-resolution, near-real-time imagery.
- 3980 cm
- 470 cm
- 1450 cm
- 14628 kg (gross weight)
- 574 km/h
All-weather synthetic aperture radar, high-resolution electro-optical digital camera, infrared sensor.
Rolls Royce-North American F137-RR-100 turbofan engine
Lightweight, high-strength composites for wings and other parts. Standard aluminum for main fuselage.
On-board secure computing and communication system with Ku SATCOM Datalink, CDL LOS, UHF SATCOM/LOS, and INMARSAT.
- $35 million (manufacturing cost; sensors and operation not included)