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  • 10 foot wingspan?

    I dont know much about Radar, but is 10 feet enough to be seen on it?
  • CMAN
    They track 6 inch objects in space to make sure they don't collide with the space station, so why not a 10 foot drone at 5000 feet?
  • Well, maybe if we cut funding to PBS and Planned Parenthood, we can balance the budget and afford better drones.
  • Meh, government pissing away more money on things that don't work. Sounds about right
  • I wonder where the article states they havent fixed a software bug. Was it before or after the US states it isnt missing any drones? Oh, or is it after the picture of the toy drone the Iranians made after claiming they hacked a stealth drone.
  • I like how they include the part about, "This happened before, and the USA denied it, then asked for the drone back."
  • Those Iranians are about as good with Photoshop and the DoD is with misinformation. Sure keeps us all guessing.
  • :::sigh::: why do people believe Iran, even after the fake "RQ-70" nonsense that was clearly a mockup?
  • If we don't lose any, we don't need to keep overpaying for replacements. Think of the poor, starving defense contractors.
  • uhm

    Take a look at the prop. Its canted the wrong way to be a pushing blade.
    For a heavily re-used system that uses NETS to capture at the end of mission there's very little damage on it.
    I'm thinking someone bought one and shipped it to them.
  • Slives: CMAN
    They track 6 inch objects in space to make sure they don't collide with the space station, so why not a 10 foot drone at 5000 feet?


    They track the those tiny objects in space mathematically, they have a predictable orbit and don't change unless acted upon by an outside force. A drone is not the same at all.
  • Onkel Buck: Meh, government pissing away more money on things that don't work. Sounds about right


    They work quite well, most of the time.
    Unmanned aircraft are simply susceptible to more kinds of failures than their manned brethren.

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    That said, they are easier to sacrifice in high risk missions, and easier to lose track of.
    The US or another government can easily lose one and not know because the team that launched thought it crashed someplace else or hasn't had a chance to report it.
  • Oh, government...

    Governments also like to not spend money on keeping their web apps up to date. I think it was only a short while ago, I encountered a government web page optimized for IE6. SIX!!! IE9 wouldn't work with it, let alone Firefox.

    Didn't think it possible, but there you go.

    /I think it was a Department of Agriculture site
  • Tag is for US military that is unable to patch a ten year old software bug with a $.5 trillion annual budget

    GOP needs something to justify a budget increase. It appears they now have it.
  • ghostwind: Tag is for US military that is unable to patch a ten year old software bug with a $.5 trillion annual budget

    GOP needs something to justify a budget increase. It appears they now have it.


    Why? Has the GOP stopped pretending that the drone program is the worst most sickening thing to happen in war?
  • "Can we please have our spy drone back, pretty please with sugar on top?" (if we really said that)

    While I always want USA to win, I often think that we just assume everyone will bend to our will without resistance. Back in the early days of Baghdad war, there was an air of surprise that Iraq just didn't "give up" when we rolled into town. I think that's a bad state of being.
  • way south: Onkel Buck: Meh, government pissing away more money on things that don't work. Sounds about right

    They work quite well, most of the time.
    Unmanned aircraft are simply susceptible to more kinds of failures than their manned brethren.

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    That said, they are easier to sacrifice in high risk missions, and easier to lose track of.
    The US or another government can easily lose one and not know because the team that launched thought it crashed someplace else or hasn't had a chance to report it.


    I know they work pretty good, I was just being snarky. I got to watch them fly one around Bosnia while I was at Tasar airfield in Hungary.
  • poe_zlaw: I wonder where the article states they havent fixed a software bug. Was it before or after the US states it isnt missing any drones? Oh, or is it after the picture of the toy drone the Iranians made after claiming they hacked a stealth drone.


    Maybe subby was referring to the "software bug" of the video feeds from drones being unencrypted and easily intercepted. Something that was a problem back in 2008 and remains an issue today. Doesn't take a whole lot of "hacking" when the real time video of what the drone is looking at is being broadcast in the clear.
  • manimal2878: ghostwind: Tag is for US military that is unable to patch a ten year old software bug with a $.5 trillion annual budget

    GOP needs something to justify a budget increase. It appears they now have it.

    Why? Has the GOP stopped pretending that the drone program is the worst most sickening thing to happen in war?


    Yeah, because Obama is a member of the GOP
  • Isn't the whole benefit of them that they are disposable?
  • LesserEvil: :::sigh::: why do people believe Iran, even after the fake "RQ-70" nonsense that was clearly a mockup?


    they did capture a RQ-170 questions is if it crashed on it's own or Iran had Russian or Chinese help to GPS spoof it down
  • LesserEvil: :::sigh::: why do people believe Iran, even after the fake "RQ-70" nonsense that was clearly a mockup?


    This.
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