The US military’s plans to launch its first TV-based “smart” antennas for drones are set to begin with a small unmanned aerial vehicle test.US Central Command has announced that the first test will be conducted by the UAV, called an “ASTRON” drone, at a military base near Tucson, Arizona.
The ASTRON drone will fly around and monitor the area, collecting data about the location and weather conditions.
It will then use that data to provide satellite imagery and weather forecasts for nearby areas.
In addition to the “smart TV” antenna, the US is developing an infrared-sensing drone that will also collect data on the weather.
The drone, dubbed the “Pioneer” drone by the military, is set to be the first military drone to use an infrared sensor and sensor-guided munitions.
The drones’ infrared-guided missiles will be used for surveillance and reconnaissance.US military has been working on its own “smart TVs” since 2014, but the US Defense Department is working on a new “smart air” system that will include remote-control capability and a “smart roof” system to provide remote-access to the entire roof.US Air Force Lt.
Gen. Robert Hagee, the director of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, said that the new system will allow the AirForce to “provide our Air Force with more situational awareness, targeting information and data to better support operations and to support the mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other groups in the region.”
The Air Force is expected to complete a prototype of the “air smart” TV system sometime next year.