A make of spy plane known to be in use by the British forces is now confirmed to have an "optionally manned" version, allowing it to be crewed - for legal reasons, or to save bandwidth - or to fly itself, as desired. The DA42 Twin Star. Credit: Diamond Aircraft Ideal for the misanthropic parachuting enthusiast. The aircraft …
I always wondered...
... why you see DA42s so often in the UK...
Best fetch the tin foil hat.
British Weather vs Big Brother
Pah... Johnny Our-Government won't spy on us that easily -- we have our bally clouds to bally well protect us! Tally ho!!!
above hostile local resident
"above hostile local residents" - is that a polite way to say Merseyside?
Perhaps they just want to control their aircraft from less than 7,000 miles away?
"... and will be delivered from 2011. Its first customer will be NASA, who plan to use it for surveying the Greenland ice pack."
Here's where the "optional" pilot becomes a liability. Can't have any pesky "human" pilots with their "observable facts" and "photographic proof" getting in the way of nutburger, er, I mean climate scientist data.
My tinfoil hat is out being cleaned and blocked. Might I borrow one of yours?
Do they still work at 27 MHz?
Or, has Citizens Band nadgered that? Or, maybe I'm way behind the times. (Bet the plane doesn't use "Galloping Ghost" technology You'll have to search for that...)
OK, I've done it for you... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBSRmlIGSWQ
To think, I used to fly (a model) using that...
will be only partially automated
Any aircraft can be "optionally piloted"
You just open the doors in-flight.
Or install an Airbus-manufactured FCU!
Wot's it for?
What are they going to monitor?
Maybe everything , all the time like Big Brother of 1984 fame.
What with Google Steet view and sky view , we don't have much chance of privacy.
In my small town in New Zealand , we have just had a local driver in the Google street view car driving around. Usually we are about 30 years behind the rest of the world .
At least the rest of the world will know what we look like.
The reason why the DA42 is so popular in the UAV scene is that it is powered by two diesel engines with very high fuel economy. There are reports of DA42 UAVs with 40h endurance. This is impressive for a system using a conventional (infernal combustion) propulsion system, allowing for persistence at the target.
The beer? Well if it is a "Sink the Bismarc", then it can probably be used to fuel the DA42...