Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Flying Robots Behaving Badly

In just a few years incidents involving UAV's will be so commonplace that they will not make the news. But for now robots are still pioneering into new territory...

UAV escapes from captivity in western New York state...
FORT DRUM – Shortly before 1 p.m. today, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome Research Site personnel lost contact with an unmanned aerial vehicle being tested here.

In the unlikely event the aircraft has left Fort Drum, information about the vehicle's location can be provided to Fort Drum Range Control.

Maybe it took off to Canada.
Fort Drum News Release / Media Advisory

Israeli UAV fires on its own forces...
The IAF revealed on Tuesday that it had prevented a severe disaster on the previous day when it had halted the fire that a UAV was shooting at Israeli troops.

A senior Air Force officer said that the UAV opened fire on ground troops operating in Bint Jbeil after receiving the coordinates from the Golani Brigade. The fire was stopped when the IAF realized the mistake.

No one was wounded in the incident.


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Blogger Al Brown said...

How odd that they describe Fort Drum as being in Western New York. Its actually closer to its eastern edge and Canada is just North of it.

11:17 AM, July 27, 2006  
Blogger Prospector said...

I would not call Watertown on the 'eastern edge' of New York. It is near the east end of Lake Ontario and west of the Adirondack Mountains.

Let's just call it upstate New York.

11:42 AM, July 27, 2006  

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