Inside the Tech: Shadow UAV
An unmanned aerial vehicle is deployed for the ultimate game of hide-and-seek by 2015 Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher and crew chief Mike Green.
Tony Schumacher, Driver, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster and eight time world champ
Mike Green, Crew Chief, U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster
MAJ Patrick Hawkins, Asst. Product Manager, Tuas Product Office
Sean Townsend, Lead test engineer,Tuas Product Office
Group Shakes Hands
MAJ Patrick Hawkins: What you have here is the RQ7V Victor 2 Shadow System, one of the US Army's program record unmanned aerial systems, in a nut shell what it does is provide reconnaissance surveillance tracker and acquisition to the ground commander that is in the field.
Sean Townsend: He can make decisions quicker, and because he can make decisions quicker the enemy can't respond. Day or night we are providing video of what is going on, on the ground.
MAJ Patrick Hawkins: so now we have the capability to send an asset out and not put soldiers in harm's way.
Tony Schumacher: It's a lifesaver for American Soldiers
MAJ Patrick Hawkins: we have here the hydrologic launcher which launches the bird, 0-70 in a couple seconds, not comparable to the top fuel vehicle
Tony Schumacher: if u need it souped up we have some guys, just saying.
Tony Schumacher: Like a Soldier when I look out of that visor and I see the guys around me, that's life or death. It's what you know, it's a gift to see guy's qualified and capable of that task every time I drive that car.
Tony Schumacher:does not matter if you fly a helicopter or working here, there is people on the ground counting on you, being perfect, it's an awesome machine looking forward to see it fly.
MAJ Patrick Hawkins: Simple mission for you, to find Tony
Mike Green: So Tony is going to hide and we are going to use the shadow to find him
MAJ Patrick Hawkins: exactly
Mike Green: well that does not sound too hard.
Music plays while crew is flying, looking for Tony
Mike Green: yeah there he is, we just found him
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