From: Tucson, AZ
We're also working on a torpedo that uses GPS to find it's targets. They tell me it's doable with off-the-shelf components:Barrage balloons close to the front lines carrying radio beacons, stationed far apart. The farther apart the better. And one fine radio receiver, mobile, air-transportable, frequency-hopping-enabled, encrypted mode available, in field testing as we speak. They tell me that they can locate the position of the transmitter within about 3 miles. Depending on the weather. But the batteries on the radio becons carried by the barrage ballons run down after about 24 hours or so. There's talk about charging those batteries back up using microwaves. The problem is that the microwave energy transmitted hits the entire target facing side surface area and in addition to hitting the antennas they also coat the outter surface of the facing side of the balloon and heat it up. It can get only so hot before it fails. They are talking about decreasing the output power of the microwave transmitter, aim it better, tweak the electronics to avoid the sideband frequencies, and just run it twice as long as before. Hell, run it constantly. This weapon support system has been explained to the experts on the commissioning board and they predicted that the balloons would be shot down before the end of the first day they deploy. Depending on where they deploy. They can be stationed deep in the friendly country with the sacrifice of about 50% of it's accuracy. Bullseye plus or minus 12 miles.
< Message edited by larryfulkerson -- 4/26/2019 8:56:51 AM >