Math time, gamers.
Drone flight hours:
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In 2008 they flew 400,000 hours
There are now 7,000 drones.
Ok if 7,000 drones flew 24/7
that would be :
( 7,000 X 24 X 356 = 61,132,000 hrs. )
But they flew 400,000 hrs. Permalink
each drone could have flown
57 hrs over the year to reach
( 57 X 7,000 = 400,000 )
They have 7,000 drones in theater
and flew 400,000 hrs last year,
and an average of 57 hrs of flight a year
They don't need more drones
they need more pilots.
Now I don't know how many of those
are out dated or not sutiable for flight.
But the Paradigm seems to suggest
They need more pilots, not drones.
Do they have 7,000 pilots available
in Conus to fly the Drones?
THEY DON'T NEED 7,000
They need 24,000 gamers
to get those 7,000 drones up
Three shifts, 8 hrs each,
times 7,000 drones.
( adjust for refueling
mainteance etc. )
( 7,000 X 3 shifts = 24,ooo )
What GAMERS, NOT PILOTS?
Train them on X-Box and Model planes.
If my math is wrong or there is
an error in my Hypothesis
PLEASE comment .
Posted by: Noah Shachtman | Feb 5, 2009 1:16:42 PM
@Gerald: Sorry, maybe I wasn't clear. 6500 of those 7000 drones are small UAVs -- not counted in the 400,000 flight hour number. So you're really talking 400,000 divided by 500 -- 800 flight hours per drone. Also, look at the Predator numbers: 138,404 for 71 drones -- about 1950 hours per robo-plane.
Ok thats 85 ( 24 hr days of flight )
( 1950 hrs per predator, divided by 24 hrs in a day is 81 days of flight )
still need more pilots/gamers.