MQ-1 Predator Drone: The Eye in the Sky

MQ-1 Predator Drone: The Eye in the Sky

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References:

(1) https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104469/mq-1b-predator/
(2) https://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/the-man-who-invented-the-predator-3970502/?page=1
(3) https://www.ga-asi.com
(4) Above is graphic of the take-off, loiter and landing process. https://web.archive.org/web/20130601053222/http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/cc/uav.html
(5) https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/predator-uav/
(6) https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/defense/2018-03-13/us-air-force-ends-predator-operations
(7) https://www.dvidshub.net/search?q=mq-1+predator&view=grid
(8) number 7 is good for photos of the predator.

50 Comments

  1. HULL GUITARS USA on June 19, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Has Obama said to teenage boys who might be interested in his daughters… “Two words boys… Predator drone“

  2. chance french on June 19, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Mq9 is better

  3. Klempo alpha (Slavic warior) on June 19, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Yes, I saw this one in the Belgrade Museum, which was shot down by the Serbian army

  4. The Devil In The Circuit on June 19, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    The MQ1 has an inverted V tail. The MQ9 has a V-shaped tail. They are two *quite* different aircraft.

  5. Maxamed Deeq on June 19, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Can you tell us something about Turkey’s drones.

  6. Pat Dohrety on June 19, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    The Americans used swarms of drones in the 1990 persian gulf war against Iraq. The Iraqi air defense thought they were scoring tons of hits on fighters and bombers, and they were just being distracted by robots lol

  7. Loke Chan Mun on June 19, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    The US invented drone surveillance and remotely-operated warfare. The Chinese will perfect it. The world needs a Geneva-convention for drone warfare.

  8. An Ngo on June 19, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    F-22 flew combat mission in 2002?

  9. Tom Marquez on June 19, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    It was called, The Battle of Roberts "RIDGE" not "BRIDGE" Because they were ambushed out on a ridgeline.

  10. TVTV VTVT on June 19, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    2021 Drone Latest Use: Tracking angry mothers at public school board meetings

  11. David W Black Jr on June 19, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Now do the global hawk

  12. Angelita Becerra on June 19, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    10:27 Not riots, protests. Any rioting that happened happened long after the peaceful protesters went home. Also, the police instigated much of the chaos deliberately injuring and killing unarmed civilians exercising their right to peaceful protest.

  13. Rhema Jumbo-Nze on June 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Sky death robots

  14. Lyn Ingle on June 19, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    American citizens are the enemies.

  15. Tacticool Ops Airsoft on June 19, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    "If the A-10 is the hammer, the MQ-1 is a scalpel"
    Well they use the exact same missiles and similar targetting system soooooo…..A-10 is just as effective at using AGM-65. 99% sure the same can be said for the F-35, I’m positive they also use AGM-65. I don’t see how an A-10 and F-22 struggled to take out something the MQ-1 could, A-10 especially as CAS is literally their entire reason for existing. Taking out fortified bunkers and tanks is just breakfast for one.

  16. Monti theRed on June 19, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    7:47 is an image of an MQ-9 Reaper; which has vertical V tail rather than inverted ^ tail and uses a turboprop engine, not a piston engine.

  17. Rusty Dancer on June 19, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Robert’s " RIDGE " ..?

  18. Alebo Bard on June 19, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Funny fact certain Norma Jean started her career as factory worker for Ryan. .-)

  19. Golden Boy on June 19, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    ISRAELIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

  20. Midian Direnni on June 19, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Why don’t we have an F22 video yet? PLEASE make one!

  21. Logan Van De Graaff on June 19, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Robert’s BRIDGE?

  22. Lucas Boninsegna on June 19, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    It would make more sense for the R to stand for "rocket" instead of "reconnaissance". lol

  23. Go Grape on June 19, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Have You considered looking into the Russian S400 Air Defence System.

  24. B Havens on June 19, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    what weapon isnt an expensive toy? seriously of course it is, just another deadly man toy.

  25. Charles Gantz on June 19, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Think how long your cell phone lasts until it is obsolete. According to Verizon, about 2 days.

    Also, the drones not only strike terror in the terrorists, it strikes terror in military pilots, all of whom are in danger of either being made redundant or spending their careers sitting in a little trailer in Nevada.

  26. Tracy Lee on June 19, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    ISIS-K & Bumbling Biden brought me here. 💪🇺🇸💥

  27. Helipeek on June 19, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    That’s not a turboprop – Rotax make piston engines not gas turbines.🤦‍♂️

  28. redr6guy on June 19, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    "Roberts’ Ridge," not bridge

  29. Mh on June 19, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    It was invented by an Arab hhhhhh damn

  30. A on June 19, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    12:41 Those A-10s are ones formerly operated by the 188th Wing, current operators of MQ-9 Reapers. Cool coincidence.

  31. Invalid420 on June 19, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    if you wanna talk about service life…you should do a video on the A-10 Warthog you mentioned…things been around since the war in Vietnam…titanium reinforced bathtub for the pilot/co-pilot….multiple redundant systems…can make it home on a single engine and missing most of its wings….

    and of course…the GAU-8 Avenger cannon…whole aircraft is built around it….#Brrt

  32. White Pony on June 19, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    You are the best, Simon.

  33. Vic Jr. on June 19, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    The line from 12:38 reminded me so much of Hitman Absolution

  34. ChimoyTv on June 19, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    Hey its vsauce

  35. Spike Razzor on June 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    *"UAV Online."*

  36. Scenic Depictions of Chicago Life on June 19, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    I just want to point out that all facts *should be cross checked before making the script*

    Several issues that I noticed just passively watching:

    1. The RR Trent 970 turbofan engines on the A380 family of aircraft produce approximately *60,000 horsepower* not 12,500 as is stated in the video, and are usually rated by thrust, rather than horsepower anyway. Only *turboprop engines* are rated in *shp* or *"shaft horsepower"* which leads me to my next point;

    The Rotax 914 is NOT a turboprop engine. It is part of an engine family (owned by Bombardier) that is optionally turbocharged but is a conventional air cooled opposed four cylinder piston engine designed specifically for general aviation aircraft use.

  37. Kriss on June 19, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Video on the mq9?

  38. The Thoth on June 19, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    i like the fast talk. twice the info in half the time. more please!

  39. Cal Munson on June 19, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Putin knows the Predator is essentially America entering the war, but unless he has proof that it is an American in San Antonio with the joy stick and not a Ukranian in Kyiv he has thin pretext for expanding the war which is going badly enough already. Thanks. Great video.

  40. R D on June 19, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    turbo prop ….. no

  41. Dr. Fancy Ng'andwe on June 19, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    imagine if all the minds put to create weapons to kill were put to create machines to save lives….humans would be on level 2 civilisation

  42. chrimac on June 19, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    What about the MQ-9 MQ-20 RQ-4 and so on? I’d love to see videos on those aircraft

  43. S. Mihai on June 19, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    The Operation Desert Storm took place in 1991, the RQ-1 was introduced in 1994, deployed in 1996. Simon says in the video that RQ-1 brought contribution to intelligence during The Operation Desert Storm…for me it does make no sense, can somebody clarify this for me in case i’m wrong.

  44. Klempo alpha (Slavic warior) on June 19, 2022 at 8:09 pm
  45. J man J on June 19, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Good video!
    FYI, the US military has been using GPS for much longer than twenty years…lol

  46. Nikita Tarsov on June 19, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    On ‘precision’ i can’t stop myselve of thinking about the ‘ooopsi-drone’ and its great achevements as ‘the marrigage-interupter’, probably also known as ‘seems-like-a-military-convoy-just-without-guns-oh-i-allready-hit-it-there-were-weapons-i’m-sure’ and ‘hey-these-kids-are-on-ther-own-fault-by-playing-within-30m-range-of-a-terrorist’.
    So the drone must be very bad … or quite many users must be warcriminals.

  47. H Charvat on June 19, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Hams invented drones huh? Nice. ARRL is still chugging, taking nerds of all stripes!

  48. Philly Special on June 19, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    "Civil-protection"
    Yeah okay…

  49. Pier Delecto on June 19, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Can’t wait to have mine. I just traded my Skydio2+ and DJI mavic 2 for this.

  50. Paul Spencer on June 19, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    The UK Gem-7 UAV from Gem Aero has the longest endurance, of all the medium-size UAVs.
    It has a very efficient and durable airframe.
    And is 1/10th the price of a standard military UAV.
    P.

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