Didn’t they realise what it looks like? U.S. ‘sperm spy plane’ designers left red-faced over aircraft’s rather embarrassing shape

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092532/Argus-One-Pentagon-Flying-Sperm-US-spy-plane-designers-left-red-faced.html

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 11:48 AM on 27th January 2012

It’s called Argus One; the Pentagon’s newest unmanned spy plane. But cheeky observers are already calling it the ‘Flying Sperm’.

It has the capacity to carry 30 pounds of high tech sensors and cameras and the ability to hover over remote locations between 10,000 and 20,000 feet, even in rough weather.

The suspect design has been attributed to improved ‘flight stability and aerodynamic control’ as well as giving the aircraft a longer flight time.

This oddly shaped device is Argus One; the Pentagon's newest unmanned spy plane with automated control for individual body parts giving improved flight stability and aerodynamic controlThis oddly shaped device is Argus One; the Pentagon’s newest unmanned spy plane with automated control for individual body parts giving improved flight stability and aerodynamic control

It has the capacity to carry 30 pounds of high tech sensors and cameras and the ability to hover over remote locations between 10,000 and 20,000 feet, even in rough weatherIt has the capacity to carry 30 pounds of high tech sensors and cameras and the ability to hover over remote locations between 10,000 and 20,000 feet, even in rough weather

The Argus One, named after the Greek god Argus who was the all seeing god with one hundred eyes, is designed to be an ‘eye in the sky’ even in very remote areas.

The aircraft was created by the World Surveillance Group Inc (WSGI) for the Pentagon and is now being tested at an undisclosed location.

‘The Argus One has a low radar footprint making it virtual stealth since the payload bay located on the forward module of the airship is the only radar reflecting material on the airship.’ a statement from WSGI said.

The aircraft’s ‘flexible, non-rigid’ body also makes for easy storage and transportation.

The aircraft's 'flexible, non-rigid' body also makes for easy storage and transportationThe aircraft’s ‘flexible, non-rigid’ body also makes for easy storage and transportation

 

The Argus One, named after the Greek god Argus who was the all seeing god with one hundred eyes, is designed to be an 'eyes in the sky' even in very remote areasThe Argus One, named after the Greek god Argus who was the all seeing god with one hundred eyes, is designed to be an ‘eyes in the sky’ even in very remote areas

 

Argus One can be assembled and launched in hours from virtually anywhere, including remote, mountainous territoryArgus One can be assembled and launched in hours from virtually anywhere, including remote, mountainous territory

Argus One can be assembled and launched in hours from virtually anywhere, including remote, mountainous territory.

The device has been especially designed to meet the requirements of U.S. military and other governmental agencies.

It can also wirelessly transmit critical live video and other information directly to a ground control station or system.

The ground control system also allows the operator to control Argus One either manually or
remotely by programming it for GPS–based autonomous navigation.
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