Iran Cracks RQ-170 Stealth Drone Code.

Yee haw!  Save your money boys and girls.  Looks like Iran may be going into the flight controller business soon.  Once commercialized, the RQ-170 based flight controller should outperform DJI, and Arducopter.  Maybe even give Mikrokopter a run for its money.

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Comment by Bjørn Didriksen on April 24, 2012 at 5:17am

It is not that many years since the US found video recordings from the pradator drones (think it was from those) in an al quida computer. It turned out that the video feed was not encrypted, so with a dish antenna and some computer stuff, you were able to "wire-tap" the drones tv link...

Comment by Ellison Chan on April 24, 2012 at 6:14am

Andrew, that's hilarious.  It must have required many "takes" to get that recording down, since the narrator must have been cracking up every time he read a line.

Comment by John Rambo on April 24, 2012 at 10:48am

hey wait a minute, I thought drones are streaming upstairs? Plus, since its a satellite uplink, it can't be analogue data stream, can it? Then, it gets a bit tricky for Iranians to capture such kind of data, unless their flying carpets are capable in reaching 20+ km heights.

Comment by Chad Frazer on April 24, 2012 at 10:54am

as far as capturing the video feed from drones, yeah, it was very easy, I did it on my last deployment with free ware version of a video capturing program.  I saw OUR OWN drone's video feed as the sensor operator was getting it.  Since the only way to stop this was to encrypt the feed I made no mess with it happening.  "they" said they were working on encrypting the feed, but I know military speed on such things and I would not doubt that only the very high end drones have such encryption right now.

Speaking of encrypting...is there a DIY video encryption we could put into our drones?  For proof of concept of course.

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