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NASA Flies A Large Drone Solo In Public Airspace

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NASA has flown a large, remotely piloted aircraft equipped with detect-and-avoid technologies through the national airspace system for the first time without a safety chase plane following it. (aviationbuzzword.com) 更多...

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paultrubits
$$$$$$$$
SFOBro
SFOBro 3
The answer is exactly what you're thinking. : (
rlamond
Bob Lamond 2
It would be nice if aviation writers would understand that public airspace is public airspace. Class E airspace is not reserved for general aviation airspace and general aviation aircraft routinely fly in Class A airspace.

“Controlled from Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, Ikhana flew west into Class A airspace where airliners fly, north to Fresno and south through Class E general aviation airspace, including an approach to Victorville airport.”
ColinSeftel
The article was actually copied from the original NASA media release, https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-flies-large-unmanned-aircraft-in-public-airspace-without-chase-plane-for-first.
rlamond
Bob Lamond 1
Which makes it even worse in my mind!
rlamond
Bob Lamond 1
First sentence should read “...not reserved for general aviation and general aviation....”
rlamond
Bob Lamond 3
Second sentence! Sheesh, I need more coffee!
SFOBro
SFOBro 2
Bob Lamond - LOL, don't worry; we got it, we got it, but funny still..............and I now need MY second CUP!!
ml41782
First domestic spies in the skies, hauling cargo and then replacing pilots transporting people. Not today and not tomorrow but in our lifetime. As soon as they can prove it’s safety.
LukeRunciman0003
How about system failure? Technology like this will only be proved safe when it can: A. handle the amount of system failures experienced on QF32 (5 experienced pilots working at their limits to bring a stricken Airbus A380 back to Singapore's Changi airport following an uncontained engine failure in the No.2 engine. Over 5 pages of ECAM errors needed to be worked through in order for the Pilot in Command to execute a safe landing). B. When a computer can safely execute an emergency landing on the Hudson river (US Airways 1549 - both engines lost on an Airbus A320 shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport, New York City). The media will often report the instances where crashes have occurred due to pilot error, but what they never seem to report is the amount of times commercial flights have been saved due to the knowledge and experience of a professional crew.
jcw1953
jcw1953 1
We’re there any flight attendants on-board?
sparkie624
sparkie624 -2
I think so.... It was MICRO-FARAD AND MILLI-AMP - They meet years ago and have been traveling together for years.... Don't believe me.. Check it out: https://roosterteeth.com/post/2814134
CraigScot
Craig Scott 1
NYS just opened a 50 mile long corridor between Griffiss (Rome) and Syracuse for drone testing. First in the country.
CraigScot
Craig Scott 1
And MQ-9's have been flying out of KSYR for a while now. Mostly over controlled airspace near Ft. Drum.
cjuneau
The MQ-9s were escorted by aircraft from the Civil Air Patrol.
CraigScot
Craig Scott 1
Maybe at one time. Saw and heard one on the scanner take off from KSYR and head to the north. Did NOT hear any CAP callsign for the next half hour. Heard the Reaper all the way up to restricted airspace where he called out TOI's on the ground.
Viperguy46
Oh...doodoo!
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
I do not and have never liked this idea... Electronics fail... I know they have redundancies, but really...
jonathonbarton
John Barton 1
Go look at some NTSB crash reports - Pilot Error is far and away the leading cause of accidents. In one study I found looking at a total of 40 major aviation incidents between 1996 and 2003. 61% were attributable to Pilot Error or Company Management, while only 16% were attributable to Maintenance Issues or Equipment Failure...

**Pilots** have redundancies, too - yet, they still crash at an alarming rate.

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