One particularly troublesome aspect of multiple failure detection in aircraft has to do with each alarm, being required to be distinctive, combining to increase the stress and workload so much that the emergency checklist could not be completed in time to prevent the crash. One other very infamous mission to mars failed because of a metric-imperial mismatch in dimensional units so the Mars Observer plowed the fields of mars instead of orbiting.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.