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Re: Military Testing "Flying Saucer" In Georgia

From: Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk (Stig Agermose)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 22:46:53 +0200
Fwd Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 20:29:07 -0500
Subject: Re: Military Testing "Flying Saucer" In Georgia

>From the Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) at


Military testing flying saucer in Georgia

Web posted Oct. 30 at 09:58 PM

Associated Press

FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The truth may be out there for UFO conspiracy
buffs, but here military officials admit flying saucers have taken over
the skies.

The U.S. Army has been test-flying the CYPHER Unmanned Aerial Vehicle -
a doughnut-shaped aircraft - for the past six years at the military
post just outside of Columbus.

CYPHER uses two sets of rotating blades that are mounted in the
aircraft's center to propel the machine. Hence, giving the aircraft its
whirring sound and UFO look.

The aircraft's design allows it to hover over an area for as long as
the fuel lasts. That capability distinguishes it from other unmanned
aircraft currently being tested, said Mike Barnes, project director at
the military post.

CYPHER, which earned its name because of its ability to decode
underground structures and secret tunnels, was created by Sikorsky
Aircraft Inc. in Los Angeles.

"The uses are absolutely endless,'' said test pilot Pvt. Brent
Satterfield of Fort McClellan, Ala. "If we had a hostage situation, we
could use an infrared camera (in the CYPHER) to find out where everyone
is in the house, where the exits are, and then we can plan out a better
plan of attack.''

The aircraft could also be used to drop off supplies to soldiers or
disburse unruly crowds without subjecting pilots to danger, Barnes said.

"We take these technologies and put them in the hands of soldiers and
see if they can help them perform their mission,'' he said.

But Barnes and military officials admit, it's the CYPHER's covert
capabilities that make it even more appealing.

Inside the CYPHER, a video camera and a navigation computer - similar
to those used in cruise missiles - would allow the military to survey
enemy territory and areas attacked by poison gas or other hazardous

Sikorsky, which also manufactured the UH-1 Huey and UH-60 Black Hawk
helicopters, also made room for a pilot onboard the CYPHER.

During a test flight Tuesday, Spc. Jacob Terrell, 21, flew the CYPHER
over a crowd of cardboard dummies and hovered 150 feet above the ground
before releasing canisters of smoke - simulating tear gas.

"It was just like a computer game. It's extremely easy to fly,''
Terrell said.

If Army officials in Washington approve of the aircraft, CYPHER
engineers say they can build the aircraft in a variety of sizes - from
a 40-pound model that can be carried in a backpack to the size of a
cargo helicopter. A price tag has not yet been set and officials would
not comment on the price of the prototype.

While military officials and Columbus police say they have yet to
receive reports of UFO sightings when the CYPHER is tested, engineers
and military officials laugh at theories fueled by the Internet and
television shows, such as Fox's ``X-Files,'' that such technology is
alien in origin.

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