Sorry, Sushi/Massage Guru at Google: you no longer have the coolest tech job in America. That honor will belong to the future staff at the planned Point Mugu UAV installation in paradisiacal California. Surfing, sunrays, and constant sensor surveillance. And it’s only the beginning.
The Point Mugu base is technically just outside of Malibu—barely—but we’re going to go with it because Malibu Drone Base has a ring to it like nothing else in the history of drones nor bases. Don’t you think of red Corvettes, sunglasses, coconut oil, and Hellfire missiles? It’s perfect, right? The Navy is inclined to agree, and just issued an “environmental impact” report for the proposed base, which would demolish and rebuild a large part of the existing military presence at Point Mugu, a popular surfing haunt.
Oh but brah, there’s way more than surfing: the Navy itself bills the area as a sailor and/or remote UAV operator’s dream:
At Naval Base Ventura County [which houses Point Mugu], there is a wealth of fitness and recreation options. Choose from aerobic classes, state-of-the-art fitness centers, or league and intramural play. Swimming lessons, aquatic activities, bowling, athletic fields and courts, youth activities or golf at the 18-hole Seabee Golf Course, are also available. Duke’s Place and The Point will tempt your palate for lunch and dinner and you will enjoy pay per view events and tournaments at the Sports Bar. For an outdoor approach spend a day or two on the beach at the Point Mugu Beach Motel. If going to the city is more your idea of a great destination, visit the local discount ticket offices for money saving ideas.
All that, and you get to fly drones. But not just any drones—state-of-the-art drones. TheNorthrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton is at the fore of robotic surveillance, and the Navy wants their 131-foot wings and spiffy 360-degree sensors cruising around the Pacific Ocean in the name of American supremacy.
I talked to the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, which had plenty to say about the upcoming drone playground, which is just one of “several bases throughout the world” the Navy wants. Each will host Tritons, with Point Mugu boasting four, conducting around five missions every single day. That’s over 1,800 takeoffs or landings every year, from the Malibu spot alone. The goal is 24/7 surveillance—an American eye over the water at all times, during wartime, during peacetime, and all the time.
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