I was browsing the web and happened to run into this 2014 promotional video from Lockheed Martin. The ‘Advanced Aeronautics’ video showcases the corporation’s take on what’s to come. Let me tell you, it’s right out of a science fiction book.
Aircraft that morphs to manipulate it’s aerodynamics and drag by using a ‘muscle-like skin’ on the body of the craft. Swarms of drones surveying land in real-time while mapping out the terrain and gathering intelligence.
It’s impressive and at the same time terrifying to see how far we’ve come in aviation technology. Especially when you see their drones in the animation. I can’t help but be reminded of Fahrenheit 451 looking at that blimp-like drone. I can almost see it now, hovering above the Los Angeles skyline. High above the GoodYear blimp, scanning our faces while we walk around town.
It might sound like a paranoid rant but how many of you saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend? There definitely was a drone/NSA/Surveillance reference thrown in there. I know I’m not the only one thinking about this if we’re already seeing it reference in Hollywood.
I don’t know if the advances in aeronautics have come to us organically or with a little help (ahem. Roswell). I just hope that they are used for the greater good.
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