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Japanese Build and Demonstrate Small, Spherical Flying Machine


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COMMENT: A video has been posted of the demonstration of a small, sphere-shaped flying machine built for the Japanese Defense Ministry and projected as a reconnaissance device.

Clever in design, the technology is relatively simple and the device was built from commonly available stock for a ridiculously low cost ($1400 U.S.)

Over the years we have examined the political implications of the UFO phenomenon, as well as material indicating that disc-shaped flying machines date back to the closing stage of World War II.

With 42% of college graduates in a poll stating that they believed earth had been visited by space aliens in the past, the issue of UFO’s warrants serious examination within a political and sociological context.

Unfortunately, with an intimidating landscape of disinformation and the general view that the entire topic of UFO’s is either vulgar and/or silly, serious examination of the political and social aspects of the inquiry are sparse.

In a fundamental way, the video of this relatively  simple, inexpensive flying machine should educate as to the fact that the notion of a “round” or disc-shaped aircraft is relatively down-to-earth.

Disc-shaped flying machines (perhaps married to other clandestine, advanced technologies) could be used for deception, intimidation and manipulation of large populations for the purposes  of political and economic control.

Such a stratagem could prove particularly effective with an ignorant, desperate, economically-deprived population living in a time of impending or ongoing ecological collapse.

The Japanese device informs us of the need to be aware of the potential for such manipulation. The possibility that larger and more sophisticated machines of this type have been manufactured by capable nation-states should be carefully considered.

There certainly is reason to be vigilant in this regard:

“Expert Says Salvaged Police Drone is ‘Highly Speculative’ reason for UFO Sighting over Widnes”by Oliver Roy,  [Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News]Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News; 11/10/011.

A respected ufologist has suggested that a mysterious craft sighted over Widnes could have been a salvaged police drone.

Jenny Randles was responding to a recent Liverpool Echo story that revealed a £13,000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to Merseyside Police had crashed and was thought to be at the bottom of the Mersey.

She believes the machine could be responsible for a sighting of a ‘stealth orb’ over Liverpool Road in Widnes in May.

Art student Laurence Baker, 17, of Millington Close, had told the Weekly News that a black spherical craft with an antennae had zoomed overhead.

Laurence was confident the craft was not from outer space but probably military. [Italics are mine–D.E.]

Although the police drone was officially lost in February 2010 Jenny believes someone could have recovered and repaired the wreckage then put it back into action. She said a drone is ‘basically a highly-sophisticated model helicopter and not beyond the means of someone with the skills to make it work’.

Merseyside Police has since decided not to invest further in drones.

Jenny said: “I guess it is possible that someone did find it and was able to fix it up and is secretly flying it about and as a result generating UFO scares like the one at Widnes this May.

It is basically a highly-sophisticated model helicopter so not beyond the means of someone with the requisite skills to get working. But that is, of course, highly speculative. [Italics are mine–D.E.]

“However, the only way the drone could be the cause of the Widnes sighting is if it had been missing from Merseyside Police.


11 comments for “Japanese Build and Demonstrate Small, Spherical Flying Machine”

  1. Very interesting stuff indeed, Dave. I wonder if the U.S.’ll build something like that?

    Posted by Steven L. | November 11, 2011, 9:57 am
  2. Steven: Maybe the U.S., and/or other countries already have!

    Posted by Dave Emory | November 11, 2011, 10:17 am
  3. Note, if you see a hover drone that looks more like a traditional helicopter, you may want to run:

    Navy inks deal to put laser-guided missiles on drones

    © November 11, 2011

    By W.J. Hennigan

    Los Angeles Times


    In 100 years of naval aviation, only the most experienced combat pilots have performed the difficult task of launching an attack on a nearby target and returning the aircraft to a ship as it bobs in the ocean.

    Now that tricky task is being turned over to unmanned drones.

    With a $17 million contract, the Navy has taken the first step in arming its fleet of drone helicopters with laser-guided missiles to blast enemy targets. The Northrop Grumman Corp.-made MQ-8B Fire Scout would be the Navy’s first sea-based unmanned system to carry weapons when it’s delivered within 15 months.

    “It’s a very significant moment in naval history,” said Mark L. Evans, a historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command. “The weaponization of this aircraft represents a quantum leap in technology compared to what has come before.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 11, 2011, 11:25 am
  4. @Dave: Actually, I do now remember that the Air Force had a program as long ago as the ’50s…….guess my memory slipped a bit:

    @Pterrafractyl: Yikes. Wouldn’t wanna be targeted by one of those. Sad thing is, any one of the more powerful white supremacist groups could manage to get enough connections to buy one of these, and if that happens, I might just make a run for Canada……

    Posted by Steven L. | November 11, 2011, 1:41 pm
  5. pst this is nothing, have you seen the space plane yet?


    i see the space race is on again, ” hey look where i can place my payload”
    with China and Russia having ambitious plans

    Motherjones was blabing on about out nuclear arsenal


    Posted by leif | November 11, 2011, 2:00 pm
  6. China Hologram


    I’m not a Jesus person, but Project Blue Beam seems to be the correct concept.

    Posted by It's All Fake | November 11, 2011, 4:42 pm
  7. Dave,

    Why isn’t there more press on the Stealth Helicopter?

    The one that crashed in Pakistan.

    I think this is a MAJOR event mainly because the thing is so quiet… Alien Abduction and all and the Dulce BS.


    Posted by It's All Fake | November 11, 2011, 4:52 pm
  8. @Leif: Somehow, I’m not buying the whole story. Mother Jones usually puts out some good stuff, but only China & India have built new nukes since around 1994 or so. And frankly, I believe that fearmongering is VERY much a part of TPTB’s agenda. They want people to worry about WW3, yet they largely have asked us to ignore nuclear terrorism(with the exception of occasional fearmongering pieces)……interesting, huh?

    Posted by Steven L. | November 11, 2011, 5:07 pm
  9. Check out the latest addition to the International Spy Museum in Washington DC: a brand new spy drone that mimics cellphone towers. If you can’t make it to the spy museum to see it in person, don’t worry. As something that could be built in a garage for less than $6,000, you’ll probably see all sorts of drones like this covering around your favorite metropolitan area sooner than you think. Although you may not actually see it since it’s kind tiny too:

    Spy Drone hacks WiFi networks, listens to calls
    Erin Van der Bellen
    12:42 p.m. EST December 12, 2014

    WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — It’s small. It’s bright yellow, and it’s capable of cracking Wi-Fi passwords, eavesdropping on your cell phone calls and reading your text messages. It’s an unmanned spy drone and it just landed in Washington, D.C.

    Long-time friends and former Air Force buddies, Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins, describe their state-of-the-art cyber drone as hard to take down, hard to see and virtually hard to detect.

    They built it in a garage, using off the shelf electronics to prove a drone can be used to launch cyber-attacks.

    It needs a human for take-off and landing but once airborne, it can fly any pre-programmed route posing as a cell phone tower and tricking wireless cell phones.

    While it’s flying those points, the spy drone has a number of antennas for picking up your cell phone conversation, for picking up blue tooth, and for picking up and monitoring Wi Fi signals.

    “We passed telephone calls, hacked into networks, cracked the encryption on Wi-Fi access points all of that sort of evilness is possible,” said Tassey.

    And now their spy drone has landed in Washington so everyone can see it.

    “I think it’s fantastic to have an artifact like this in the Spy Museum,” said Vincent Houghton, International Spy Museum Curator.

    “It’s the first of its kind, it’s a piece of modern espionage equipment,” said Houghton. “This is something governments should be doing and perhaps only government should be doing.

    “If two guys from the Midwest can build this for six-thousand dollars in a garage, what can Iran do? What can nation states do?” said Rich Perkins.

    The drone has a 50 mile range and while its creators chose a cyber-attack test, they say this technology can be used things like anti-IED missions and search and rescue operations.

    Yes, just imagine with nations can do with cellphone-spoofing quasi-stealthy spy drone made from off the shelf parts. Especially once those off the self parts are biodegradable. It’ll be raining drones!

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 15, 2014, 8:41 pm
  10. Here’s a bit of fun/scary future-tech paranoid speculation: It’s worth pointing out that if you had a super-AI with extreme human mimicry capabilities communicating with one of those new cellphone-tower spy drones, it could conduct a man-in-the-middle attack between two conversing people by literally mimicking each party in the conversation. Maybe it almost conveys exactly the same audio between the two parties but with slight changes to the conversation that are calculated by the super-AI not to arouse suspicion. Or maybe the super-AI could just carries on two completely separate combinations where each party thinks they’re talking to each other but both are really talking to the super-AI the whole time.

    In other words, the Turing tests of the future aren’t going to be “do you think this is a human or computer you’re communicating with”, at least not once AIs start beating that test. No, the next Turing tests will be much more interactive, potentially leading up to a final Turing test that asks the question “do you think this is [insert close personal acquaintance here] or a computer you’re communicating with?” And at that point, say hello to Turing-mimic man-in-the-middle towers!

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean there there isn’t a drone sporting a super-AI mimic that’s man-in-the-middling all your phone calls. Ok, today it hopefully means you’re paranoid. But how long before super-AI mimicry becomes one of the fun/scary new technologies for sale? Horrible LULZ await.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 16, 2014, 6:58 pm
  11. Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…oh, it’s another delivery drone:

    The Wall Street Journal

    Amazon, Google See Shift in Regulatory Stance on Commercial Drones
    FAA plans to announce an initiative to study drone flights beyond the sight of the operator

    By Jack Nicas
    May 5, 2015 6:18 p.m. ET

    The two biggest companies seeking to use drones for package delivery say that U.S. regulators have suddenly become more receptive to their efforts, a potential boost to the chances of success for one of the burgeoning technology’s most promising commercial uses.

    Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. say they have noticed the sharp shift in attitude in recent weeks on critical issues such as drone test flights.

    In an apparent sign of the recent shift in attitude, the Federal Aviation Administration plans to announce Wednesday an initiative to study drone flights beyond the sight of the operator, according to a person familiar with the agency’s plans. Thus far, the agency has virtually banned such flights, including for research, and it proposed rules earlier this year that would prohibit them.

    The drone industry views beyond-sight flights as key to unlocking the commercial potential of drones, enabling everything from pipeline inspections to deliveries.

    Drone companies have criticized the FAA for its stance on such flights and for its requirement that one human oversee each drone flight, which prevents large-scale automated missions by a fleet of drones. The policies have cast doubt on the chances that Amazon or Google could deliver packages with drones in the U.S. in the next several years.

    “Honestly in the last two to three weeks, things have made a dramatic change,” Dave Vos, head of Google’s delivery-drone project, said Tuesday at a drone conference. “Three to four months ago, we were a little bit concerned about how much progress we could make here in the U.S., but … what we’re seeing today is significant opportunity to work here in the U.S. with the FAA.”

    “I don’t know what triggered it,” Mr. Vos said later in an interview. “They’re talking to us and we’re collaborating.”

    Those flights are allowed because air-traffic control manages separation between the drones and manned aircraft. Amazon and Google want their drones to fly virtually autonomously in busier airspace, which will require sensors and software that enable the devices to navigate environments on their own, sensing and avoiding obstacles. Several companies say they are getting closer to developing such technology.

    Amazon’s and Google’s comments are part of the larger embrace between the FAA and the drone industry at industry conferences over the past week, largely driven by the FAA rules proposal, which was less restrictive than expected.

    Woohoo! In just a few years the skies might be filld with flying piñatas filled with all sorts of fun prizes. So trying to enjoy flying piñata hunting season and remember: the bullets you shoot up in the sky actually don’t stay up there. Hunt responsibly.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | May 5, 2015, 6:36 pm

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