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  1. #1 The downed drones, and LightSquared... 
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    ...do you suppose there is a connection?

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/12/1...-govt-testing/
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    The saga of LightSquared added a new chapter last night, as Bloomberg reported on the preliminary result of tests of the satellite Internet provider’s service in relation to GPS devices. The Obama administration has pushed LightSquared as a provider for its ambitious broadband expansion over the objections of the military, which warned that LightSquared’s operations would interfere with the satellite-based navigational system.

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    I dunno, but there is always the possibility. I do know from my military service, and much of my DoD civilian service, that a lot goes on behind the curtains. Sometimes it only comes out after a disaster.

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    Wait till they open the Drone up and find vacuum tubes...:D
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    Wait till they open the Drone up and find vacuum tubes...:D
    Well, we don't really think they're going to find that! And come to think of it, if they did, all these young PhD's would be left scratching their collective turbans.

    No, it's going to be integrated circuits and potted devices, and it is going to be hell to reverse engineer! In fact, I'll go a step further and say it is impossible to reverse engineer the sensors. But what they will do is analyze the paint like covering on the drone and see what formula makes it virtually invisible to radar.

    Brings up an interesting question: Can our radar detect the drone? I'm sure it can't, but if the operator knew where it was could he pinpoint it?

    Years ago, in Viet Nam, sitting at a surface search radar, I was able to predict the arrival of aircraft by watching their radar interfere with ours. Heh, heh....that technology is long gone, no doubt.
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    Amazing that it doesn't have a either a built-in demo charge on board or a 'Kill me now' GPS transponder squirreled away in it, of course for the latter you'd have to have advanced clearance to launch your killer cruise missile delegated to an in-theater commander, rather than wait seven or eight months for Obama to dither his way through to a forced decision, by which time the thing will have long been parted out to laboratories in Russia and China.
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    I have great faith in our military in the fact that this thing did not self destruct leads me to believe that it's precisely where we want it to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    I have great faith in our military in the fact that this thing did not self destruct leads me to believe that it's precisely where we want it to be.
    Or maybe where Obama wants it to be.
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    It did have a self-destruct circuit. If communications failed, the self-destruct was supposed to be triggered. But if the self-destruct failed, it would soft land. DUH!

    What kind of idiot engineering design is that? Maybe just something rushed through DARPA. Haste makes waste, or so they say! Why not just FedEx it to Iran?

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    Lt. Col. Nathan Wiedenman, AVM's deputy program manager, said one huge reason programs tend to exceed their budgets is that they take so long to complete. And the reason they take too long is they have to be close to fully-assembled before designers can see whether they work properly.

    "So how do we currently design these big, complex systems? We do it the same way we've been doing it for over 50 years," he said. "We break down the systems we need, typically along engineering disciplinary lines. This is a power system; this is a thermal system; this is a drive system, for example. And we make sure that all the parts are the best possible for their individual tasks. And then we put it all together, and we build it. After we build it, we test it to see if it works the way we expected. And of course, invariably, it doesn't, so we have to go back and redesign, rebuild, retest and so on. That takes a lot of time and a lot of money to iterate like this."

    That process has been what it's been, Wiedenman said, by necessity. Up until now, there hasn't been a way to know how the millions of components of a high-tech weapons system would work together without actually building one.

    New concept to develop products

    That's the challenge DARPA is trying to solve. They're working to build a set of software tools that would let the Pentagon and its contractors develop products with a concept called "correct-by-construction." Instead of taking up the resources of a factory floor to build a prototype and successive test models, a product works the way it's supposed to the first time it rolls off the assemble line.

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    ...all in all, scary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marv View Post
    It did have a self-destruct circuit. If communications failed, the self-destruct was supposed to be triggered. But if the self-destruct failed, it would soft land. DUH!

    What kind of idiot engineering design is that? Maybe just something rushed through DARPA. Haste makes waste, or so they say! Why not just FedEx it to Iran?............
    I don't see where it had a self destruct design, although I have found a reference to the "Fly level if confused" mandate. Got a link to the self destruct design?
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    At least the big 0 asked them to give it back, pretty please.:mad:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    I don't see where it had a self destruct design, although I have found a reference to the "Fly level if confused" mandate. Got a link to the self destruct design?
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    ...and http://www.debka.com/article/21550/

    ...and http://cleaves.zapto.org/news/story-..._comments=true

    A military analyst on FNC mentioned the sequence of "land if you can't self-destruct". Screwy IMHO.

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