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Even though the terms UAV, RPA, and their triple-gold medals and ribbons are not highly favored in these forums, there is plenty of new stuff in development that seems to have been glossed over in the world and, well, in the location where all the intelligent aviators seem to hang out: BA.net. In fact, this is probably the perfect time for us (however you choose to define the term) to look in another direction, and different "insert your own colloquial term of the minute, i.e. synergylisticaly-out-of-the-box" thinking. Rules are: there has to be pictures (SFW), it has to be somewhat-reasonably credible, and no discussion about how the technology will affect your promotion, bonus, or inherit rights to marry your brother, once-removed. I know full well that I may be the only one posting here, but I could not find a better location. Air launch to orbit: Made for SpaceShip2 (with 500 paid travelers already), but ready to launch smaller payloads. Maybe with a C-17 (If they put an FE on it first) Paul Allen's concept, stratolaunch: Who just built a hangar for this big boy: http://www.geekwire....rgest-aircraft/ There is definitely some DOD potential in this concept, and I'm guessing they will need actual pilots to fly them! Even if it is just monitoring the autopilot... we could be on the cusp of a new golden age.