Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Do we need another U2 spy plane?
So the U2 spy plane was developed during the Cold War to snoop on the Ruskies from and altitude that surface-to-air missiles could not reach. Francis Gary Powers notwithstanding, the U2 has something like an 85% mission success rate. And it's still in service today.
For some reason, Lockheed-Martin is being asked to design a replacement as the retirement date in 2019 for the U2, looms near.
With satellites, why do we need manned space-craft zooming around the heavens taking pictures of our enemies? Can't unmanned drones to the same thing, and by orders of magnitude more cheaply?