Military drone mistaken for ‘UFO’ along DC highways


People in the D.C. area are buzzing after pictures began popping up online showing what many believed to be a ‘UFO’ in transport along the Capitol Beltway.

The spotting took place around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday when drivers first saw the craft being hauled on a flatbed truck on I-270, then on I-495.

Maryland State Police confirmed that the strange craft was actually a drone aircraft made by Northrup Grumman that was being transported from West Virginia to Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland.

It wasn’t the first time aircraft being transported had been mistaken for ‘UFOs’. Last year, residents of Cowley County, Kansas mistook a similar flying machine. reported last year that engineers practice aircraft carrier take-offs and landings with the drone on a strip of runway at Patuxent that’s painted to resemble a carrier’s flight deck.

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A Must-Watch Video On How Military Drones Are Changing War

This is a very good roundup on the effect of drones and the increased robotization of warfare from documentary series Fault Lines. If you have twenty minutes over lunch, it’s a must watch.

Narrated by Josh Rushing, a 14-year ex-US Marine veteran and co-host of the program, it talks through the effect of America’s 7,000 drones and 12,000 ground robots in the way the US military fight war. But it goes beyond that, showing how drones are being used by other countries as well, how things may scalate in the future, and how the industry is going mostly unchecked, with great implications for the future of Human Rights.

At last, someone actually took Terminator seriously. [Al Jazeera]


Featured to your right is the Blackfish, the Navy’s killer robot jetski, ensuring that when the robot uprising happens, literally nowhere will be safe. Thanks, Department of the Navy, you shouldn’t have! No, really, you shouldn’t have. What were you idiots thinking? Have you even seen a Terminator movie?

Anyway, the Blackfish was designed to hunt down and take out swimmers. No, really, that’s its job. There are supposedly security concerns about terrorists swimming up to our ships and harbors and blowing things up. We thought we had sea mines for this but apparently we need an overpowered robot.

We say overpowered because this beast can rip through the water at 40mph, but will rarely do so since the swimmers it’s looking for generally go about 2mph. So why make it a jetski? Why not a robot paddle boat or something?

[ via the floating robots at Wired ]">