The goal of this project is to create a real, live, flying cruise missile
with much of the functionality of the cruise missiles currently employed
by the military forces of many western nations.
In bullet-point form, these functions and features are:
Obviously, given the budget of $5,000 and the fact that all components
will be "off the shelf" items, some compromises have to be made:
- Satellite-based (GPS) guidance and targeting
- A form of inertial (or other) backup guidance
- Jet-powered for high speed, minimum flight-times
- Low radar signature to reduce detectability
- Fully autonomous flight capabilities
- Onboard realitme video
In addition to the above points and since the goal of this project is to show
that *anyone* could build and deploy their own cruise missile, the following
critera have been added:
- Limited range, but at least 100 miles (160 Kms)
- Limited payload capacity, but at least 22lbs (10 Kgs)
- Limited accuracy, but at least +- 100 yards (100m)
That's the informal specification, let's look at something a little more
- Compact size, small enough to be transported inconspicuously and launched
from a regular pickup truck.
- Built using materials, components and tools that can be purchased without
raising the suspicions of authorities.
- Built using techniques that can be used in any suburban garage without
raising suspicion or curiosity of neighbors.