The Global Hawk is an unmanned aerial vehicle that's used for high-altitude, long-duration surveillance. You tell it what to do, and it can take off, fly, spy, and return without any human input.
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Did You Know?
NASA has its own Global Hawk that it uses to spy on the ocean and the atmosphere.
The Global Hawk carries no armament.
Flying it requires a crew of three (two pilots and a sensor operator).
There are currently 20 Global Hawk UAVs in operation.
- Able to fly halfway around the globe and remain on station for long periods of time. Capable of capturing high-resolution, near-real-time imagery.
- 470 cm | 185 in
- 1450 cm | 570.9 in
- 3980 cm | 1567 in
- 14628 kg | 32249 lb (gross weight)
- 574 km/h | 356.6 mph
- All-weather synthetic aperture radar, high-resolution electro-optical digital camera, infrared sensor.
- Rolls Royce-North American F137-RR-100 turbofan engine
- On-board secure computing and communication system with Ku SATCOM Datalink, CDL LOS, UHF SATCOM/LOS, and INMARSAT.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- Lightweight, high-strength composites for wings and other parts. Standard aluminum for main fuselage.
- $35 million (manufacturing cost; sensors and operation not included)