USAF names new sensor “Gorgon Stare”

My philosophy is simple: If you’re going to spend a couple hundred million of taxpayer dollars to buy something, at least give it a cool name.

I’m sorry, but the “wide area airborne surveillance” (WAAS) sensor did not cut it. The Sierra Nevada pod is expected to revolutionize the surveillance mission when it arrives in Iraq in 2010 as a pod on the MQ-9 Reaper (also a cool name), but the name was terrible.

Pronouncing “WAAS” makes the speaker sound like the screaming baby that always sits behind you on a transatlantic flight.

So it was a relief this morning when I was informed by Brig Gen Blair Hansen that WAAS now has a nickname — the aforementioned “Gorgon Stare”.

You can Google the term to understand the reference, or click on this link, but here’s a graphical hint.



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3 Responses to USAF names new sensor “Gorgon Stare”

  1. eg 23 January, 2009 at 8:31 pm #

    Nice picture, reminds me of a friends ex-wife.

  2. sferrin 23 January, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    “Gorgon Stare” should go on a satellite with an SBX-sized radar complete with DEW capability. (The answer is “a nuclear reactor” ;-) )

  3. Royce 26 January, 2009 at 3:30 pm #

    Was the “Watchinator” already trademarked? Or the “Reaper Peeper”?

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