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Big Brother is watching

When the RQ-170 went down over Iran, concerns were raised about sensitive technology being compromised. This is the same drone that was reported to have provided the live video feed of the SEALs mission that took down Bin Laden.
However much more advanced surveillance capabilities have been fielded,or are under development that have pushed the envelope well beyond what fell into Iranian hands.
GORGON STARE, deployed last year and undergoing further development, upped the ante by using 9 cameras to,provide 24hour coverage of an entire town or city.
Now check out ARGUS-IS which provides up to 65 separate video feeds for even greater scrutiny over wide areas from the air. It's reached the point that computers are being taught how to analyze and interpret the video images as human analysts would be swamped by the sheer volume of data.
Big Brother just got bigger..
Check out the image on the link below by clicking on the mosaic.

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Usta be we had to wait days or weeks for those images, at hundreds of dollars cost for a small hand full of images. Camera techs & developers were way skilled, artists even. I saw some incredible photos out of the cameras & darkrooms.
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That's very impressive, and probably not the limits of the technology, since those are usually withheld from civilians.

Google Earth is actually a joke as far as anything useful in terms of imaging, unless you spend the money to get better images, which is problematic since Google Earth gets paid good money to blur out many locations.
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Usta be we had to wait days or weeks for those images, at hundreds of dollars cost for a small hand full of images. Camera techs & developers were way skilled, artists even. I saw some incredible photos out of the cameras & darkrooms.
One of the RCAF CF104 Sqds I was attached to was "Photo Recon"...hell the photo techs we had were just like Walmart/Photo Shop.....your photo in 10 mins or less......was that matt or glossy????
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