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  •  I'd think it'd autopilot and fly straight. (1+ / 0-)
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    And once it gets out of range of the jamming, remote control would be resumed.

    Something as pricey as a drone generally has a few survivability measures onboard.

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    by EsnRedshirt on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 01:26:52 PM PDT

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    •  problem there, Learjet a few years back (0+ / 0-)

      killed a pro golfer and five other people. Autopiloted after it lost pressure/oxy at IIRC 18K ft above MSL ... for hours and hours, despite being chased by fighters; no response to radio calls, etc. Ran out of fuel & crashed. Apparently the debris / casualty analysis resulted in knowledge that everyone aboard perished quite some time before the fuel ran out.

      Survivability on something as pricey as a Learjet would be, I'd think, naturally more of an issue than on an unmanned aircraft.

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      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 10:52:18 PM PDT

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