It just isn't a good time of year for drones....
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    It just isn't a good time of year for drones....

    A U.S. drone has crashed in the island nation of Seychelles, an incident that comes just over a week after a U.S. drone went down in Iran.
    U.S. Drone Crashes In Seychelles, Air Force Investigating | Fox News

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    Depends on what exactly is on these things.

    Technology? Meh, it's proliferation is inevitable.

    Intelligence? Problem!

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    beautiful place. has anyone investigated why we're littering so much in nice vacation spots?

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    Don't these things have a self destruct button?


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    isn't this the point of using unmanned vehicles...?

    if something hairballs and the aircraft augers in, all you lose is some hardware. no injury or death to crew...

    can't judge their reliability on the fact that two crashed in the same week. you need the crash stats vs. the total number of missions flown...
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    It's sunspots! Sunspots, I tell ya!
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    wait, why are we spying on the french?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bahueh View Post
    wait, why are we spying on the french?
    Nude beach?

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    Talking Non, monsieur!

    Quote Originally Posted by bahueh View Post
    wait, why are we spying on the french?
    The Brits laid claim to Seychelles a while back! It was, probably still is, a strategic re-fueling stop in the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia.

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    well..

    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrico View Post
    The Brits laid claim to Seychelles a while back! It was, probably still is, a strategic re-fueling stop in the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia.
    Britain may 'own it' but those folks are French.

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    Ah bon!

    Quote Originally Posted by bahueh View Post
    Britain may 'own it' but those folks are French.
    The French got there first, like in Louisiana. With the exception of Victoria, the capital, the names are all French. About the same time, early 1800s, the French signed the islands over to the British, and the US took over Louisiana from the French, after the Napoleonic wars. So English as well as French are official languages of a population mix of French, English, African ("Creole"), Indian, and Chinese. Damn, all on that island, 25 miles long and 5 miles wide, and some outlying smaller islands.

    I only remember the Seychelles as a place I once contacted a ham radio operator. He was an officer in the Royal Air Force, on the air base outside Victoria. The people were revolting against British rule, and he was worried about his immediate future. I think diplomats stepped in and engineered transfer of power soon after that in 1966.

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