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I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

W.S.Gosset Bronze badge

Re: Memories

As far as I know, it had that capacity from the get-go. I've seen videos and corporate blurb from its launch date to that effect too.

And having a full crew just meant you had three people twiddling their thumbs, rather than two :)

However, it was essentially never used.

That is, it had the technical capacity to land itself, but the crew typically only landed it manually.

Interestingly, I saw somewhere the other day that apparently, even on current kit, full auto-landing is only used in conditions of zero visibility. Counter-intuitive at first blush, but then I guess it makes sense -- humans get disoriented in such.

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