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Global Hawk Snaps Images of Canberra, Sydney and Kitty Hawk

Global Hawk Snaps Images of Canberra, Sydney and Kitty Hawk

Source: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Public Affairs and Corporate Communication, Australian Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT, 2600PR 166/01. May 25, 2001. (©)

Images of Canberra, Sydney and the giant US aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk, taken by the United States’ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), Global Hawk, have been publicly released and can be down loaded from the Global Hawk Website. The images were taken during Global Hawk missions as part of the joint military exercise Tandem Thrust.

The images include:

  • Parliament House Canberra
  • The Russell Hill Defence Complex, Canberra: Defence Headquarters, Russell Offices, Canberra - Synthetic aperture radar spot image 68 km slant range, 23 May 2001. (View larger image)

  • Stadium Australia, Sydney Olympic Stadium - Synthetic aperture radar spot image 142 km slant range, 23 May 2001. (View larger image)

  • The USS Kitty Hawk at sea off the Queensland coast: Electro-optic spot image, 22 May 2001. (View larger version)

Global Hawk Project Director, Dr Jackie Craig, said the images of Canberra and Sydney were taken on Wednesday 23 May 2001 during a mission along the East Coast between Wollongong and Brisbane. She said the image of the USS Kitty Hawk was taken during an earlier mission off the coast of Rockhampton.

"The Sydney and Canberra images were obtained using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) while the image of the USS Kitty Hawk was taken using an Electro Optic Sensor. The images were snapped at an altitude of 60,000 feet or twice the height of a commercial airliner," Dr. Craig said.

Global Hawk is the world’s most advanced high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle. The air vehicle is on deployment to Australia to enable US and Australian authorities to evaluate it as an airborne surveillance system.

Global Hawk is scheduled to undertake another three missions that will take over Cape York, Darwin and the northwest of Western Australia before it flies back to the United States on Thursday 7 June.

Note to Media:

High Resolution images can be down loaded from the Global Hawk Website


Media contacts:

Darryl Johnston, Ph 02 6265 7947 and 0404 823 741

Media releases area available by email if you register at the Defence Media Centre at www.defence.gov.au


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).