Can UAS Military Surveillance be adapted in public and private airspace for a safer NAS?

UAS Video Surveillance Clip of Vehicle Target


With a drone, sensors and cameras, Anduril, an Irvine, California based Startup, has designed a Building Surveillance System for the military that will smash drones out of the air that are in restricted and or unauthorized areas.

A AI robot helicopter called “Ghost” (a high powered autonomous interceptor) is deployed upon human intruder trespass and or UAS threat of unauthorized entrance in NAS of a fixed location or building, within a mile of the sensors and camera identification stations. Its purpose is to intercept and detain a human or engage and decommission a UAS, by way of charging it at speeds well over 90 to 100mph, in order to knock it out of the sky, in a term they call “smashing”.

Using pattern recognizing, the AI Tower and Ghost can identify human behavior patterns, by having reflexes that the human eye is unable to perform.

UAS Surveillance Video Clip of Human Target


Push back of this service has been from a few of the biggest UAS company’s around. Amazon and Google employees are against facial recognition so much that 400 Amazon employees and 4000 Google employees, each sent demand letters to their Employer to stop selling facial recognition data to law enforcement, which is one notch down in terms of oversite from the military industrial complex. A Pentagon contract was canceled by Google because of it. Its reason? It felt it had a moral and ethical responsibility and was in fear of reputational backlash.

AI Institute, an AI Ethics organization, has been formed in order to prevent military and law enforcement oversight and abuse by way of AI technology. Their belief is that the relationship and difference between local law enforcement and military is becoming increasingly blurry to tell the difference from them and technology companies. The inaccuracy of the recognition software gives further pause as to the reliance of its use in a private sector environment. The biggest fear is that the technology is used against the private sector. What some may refer to as an “an Orwellian” type society. They have pointed out that company’s like Anduril have no public oversight and the public is only given FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) disclosures, when properly submitted. They feel a democratic process to deliberate and debate the moral and ethical issues involved are needed before use.

Anduril claims it only monitors movement patterns at this time but does not use facial recognition. By creating a digital barrier of areas that the military does not want people to cross, they can autonomously deploy a UAS to the infiltrated area.

Anduril is designed to protect against static bases and/or locations, but they want to make the software capable of deploying surveillance on demand, for a specific purpose and a specific need, then return to home base.


NBC News Oct 3 2019


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