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wert0
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wert0   4/12/2012 2:31:31 PM
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Doesn't Iran have one of our most sophisticated Drones?

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RWatkins   4/12/2012 2:34:32 PM
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From a technical standpoint all of this is just bugs to be worked out... Our society and leaders must more importantly ask ourselves not "Could we?" but "Should we?" The U.S. has already placed itself on a very slippery slope in international relations by flying combat missions inside of other countries (yes even an unmanned but armed drone with intent to hunt/kill terrorists is involved in a combat mission) without prior permission. To allow such drones in-country may have severe ramifications for constitutional liberties and for ensuring proper processes are followed that at least maintain a semblance of justice. In many large metropolitan police departments "SWAT" teams are routinely used to "deliver subpoenas" by bashing down doors screaming in the confusion "Warrant!" and shooting anything that doesn't submit. Although the media has been relatively gentle with such news and innumerable "wrong doors" have been destroyed, and several "neighbors" have been shot dead in such erroneous actions, there remains a scary similarity with what the British were doing around 1800 to the American citizenry. What restrictions are placed upon these drones, and how those restrictions are enforced, will determine their place in history.

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ThermalHunter   4/12/2012 3:41:09 PM
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As I private pilot, no one can convince me that a "pilot" sitting in an office chair at an Air Force Base will have the same concern for conflicting traffic as the pilot risking his own butt in flight.

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steve.freestone   4/12/2012 3:44:54 PM
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The drones are probably no more dangerous than a typical commercial aircraft. Pilots nowadays are babysitters. Most of what they do is automated. Sometimes when this technology fails they crash because the pilot has not spent enough time actually flying the airplane. This happened a few years ago when an Airbus crashed off the coast of South America. Hopefully the lessons learned from that event will make the sky a safer place for manned and unmanned aircraft.

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krisi   4/12/2012 4:07:06 PM
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Air France crash had a similar problem, the plane was flying fine but its instruments went wild...the pilot got lost not knowing which indicators to trust and which not...and probably didn't have enough experience in actually flying the plane without autopilot...Kris

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JeffL_2   4/12/2012 5:23:39 PM
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When you talk about high-profile passenger plane incidents you're dealing with issues like "icing over" multiple pitot tubes which louses up all the parameters coming out of the air data system. This is generally a "legacy architecture" issue, I could be wrong but I wouldn't expect to find that technology in a modern drone design when more reliable data comes from navigation data provided by the GPS and/or inertial system. But it does indicate we need to be careful we don't "mandate in" components from older designs to modern drones for collision avoidance reasons simply because these are components we have a "safety record" for from experience on piloted aircraft, awful as it may be, and rushing pell-mell towards a solution tends to increase the risk that bad decisions like this may creep into the specifications.

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KevinCBaxter   4/12/2012 9:05:18 PM
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Drones of incredible capability are available right now for a few hundred dollars and they can be operated by virtually anyone that is reading this forum. Checkout DIYdrones.com to see the open source state of the art. Today A checkbook is all that is required to own a drone.

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huohatika   4/13/2012 5:36:51 AM
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Yes, and it was captured by technology created by www.keshefoundation.com. Listen to Sterling Allan's interview from this website. You will be amazed. Ask yourself a question: How can a drone be captured while flying at high speed, intact and so that self destruction sequence was not able to start ? I particularly liked the bit where Mr. Keshe said that F16 and F18 are obsolete. They can fly at at Mach 2 or Mach 3 at most and need refueling every two hours. Technology developed by Keshe Foundation can fly Mach 30, 40, 50 and dont need refueling. They develop their own gravity that is always 1G, so pilot don't feel the high speed. They are also undetectable in radar. I could hear Allan gasping when he heard this. This technology will be given to all governments and a demonstration will be held during this month. Iranian's are using 4th generation tech, Keshe Foundation is currently finishing testing with their 6th generation tech. Too good to be true ? Well, a US spy drone was captured while in mid air. Makes one think, yes ?

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sharps_eng   4/17/2012 9:45:06 PM
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@sandy1976 are you saying that as long as drones fly over people who don't matter they can be deployed during this development phase?

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sharps_eng   4/17/2012 10:01:26 PM
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By downgrading the professional status of engineers, societies wordwide have lost control over who makes what. With regard to weapons, this is A Bad Thing. Drones are something that really should not be developed without licensing; but there is no longer any way to rein in the techies who can do this stuff. A Drone, like an amateur radio set, shouldn't be deployed without licensing, because the potential for nuisance, nay disaster, is hugely greater. Airspace is a public resource with risks to health and its use needs to be common-sense rationed to trained professionals, just like pharmaceuticals, medicine, guns(except in the US), high voltage electricity, poisons, biohazards (oops, already losing that one).

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