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Japanese Build and Demonstrate Small, Spherical Flying Machine


Corn­wall, UK: That’s not a Spitfire!

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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