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How does it have the range and guidance needed? Range is simply a question of size. As for guidance - a cellphone will do these days. There are some cheap ones that have GPS, Glonass and Baidu receivers. A USB interface to some Raspi processor with digital to analog ports to drive the servos that move the control surfaces of the bird. A small battery will give the needed power. In all some $200 for hardware and a few months of programming and testing. If needed one could also use the cellphone camera to compare the target with Google earth pictures. All of these are no longer a military specialty. Drones are the 'democratized' version of the German V-1. Everyone can build them.
In 1990 750 million people in China were below the poverty threshold. Today there are less than 30 million poor in China. Worldbank - Poverty & Equity Data Portal - China It was, in your words, "the most repressive and totalitarian political force in the world today", the CCP, which achieved that?
I do not know. All I know is that the drone, with the very maintenance intensive old body, was something that the navy no longer needs. The first new Triton will be delivered next month. That of course makes one curious. There is another mystery. The Iranians said that the U.S. plane that flew near to the drone had 35 people on board. Trump yesterday even spoke of 38 and thanked Iran for not killing them! https://publicpool.kinja.com/subject-in-town-pool-4-fuller-quotes-on-iran-1835761428/amp CentCom says the plane was a P-8 Poseidon maritime surveillance/anti-sub plane. But a regular P-8-Poseidon has nine crew members and no seats for passengers. On June 18 Pompeo and Bolton went to Tampa to talk with the CentCom commander. Shanahan resigns. On June 20 an old drone prototype, expendable, flies into Iranian airspace. A mysterious other plane accompanies it. When Iran shoots down the drone CentCom gives inconsistent and late information. Pompeo and Bolton press Trump to attack Iran. I have no better idea than you how that fits together. But something smells badly with this and we are certainly not told the whole story. --- It were Canadians and they blew up each house on the main street of the town as deterrence after one of them was allegedly shot at. There never was any restitution. I do not know if anyone went to court or filed a claim but find that unlikely.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2019 on And Khamenei will do what? at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Just for the record Iran says it does not have a nuclear WEAPONS program. Mr. Shinzō Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, met with Ayatollah Khamenei-- the Leader of the Islamic Revolution-- this morning June 13, 2019. The Leader of the Revolution quoted the Japanese Prime Minister again regarding the US determination to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons and added: "We oppose nuclear weapons, and we have issued a religious fatwa (verdicts) prohibiting building nuclear weapons. But rest assured that if we wanted to build nuclear weapons, the U.S. would not be able to do anything about it, and the United States’ prohibition would not be an obstacle." Khamenai also tweeted that on his official account. I don't believe that he publicly speaks of his Fatwa and secretly circumvents it. The potential damage to his authority prohibits that.
The question of why wasn't this done at the outset of the MAX service will hang over this like the hubris that still hovers of the story of the Titanic. Boeing will have to pay a penalty of $1 million for each 737 MAX plane South-West purchases if the 737 MAX requires extra simulator training.
Good post. One quibble Focus on the fact that the safest version of MCAS, using both sensors rather than one, cost more money. And so many airlines did not order it. That never was an option. The airlines did not even know that MCAS existed. The option was a warning light "AoA sensors disagree with each ther" that some airlines (American) ordered only to learn a year later that it did not work at all. MCAS was based on one sensor because basing it on two sensors would have caught FAA attention as it would mean that MCAS is a flight critical issues (which it obviously is). There s still one big issue with the MAX and its predecessor the 737 NG. As Mansour Pilot shows the manual trim does not work under critical circumstance. I and others have written about that but the mainstream media has yet to pic up on it. https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/05/boeing-737-max-crash-reveals-a-severe-problem-with-older-boeing-737-ngs.html