Comments: DroneBug: “Right now, I still think the software is not good.”

Heck, that's nothing. An innovation of the B-1B was digitizing electronic signals, thus reducing amount of wiring and weight on the jet. This digital traffic moved around via MUX cables. In early days of B-1B (affectionately known to this day as the Bone [B-one]) a few airplanes came off assembly line actually longer than they should have been. Since MUX cables were precisely measured for length, the stresses of flying caused connectors to not properly seat, leading to all sorts of electrical disturbances on the jet. Once, all the lights went out in our cockpit and the bailout alarm sounded. Fortunately, we were flying along in daylight and it was clear it was a transitory electrical problem, not something more serious. During a different phase of flight, this could have been catastrophic.
At our base in South Dakota, we had two of these jets, referred to as Hal and Christine. Finally someone smart figured out what was going on and we got new MUX cables.

Posted by stephen b at December 5, 2012 12:58 PM

Maybe they should have let it go and seen where it wanted to go, and who it wanted to kill.

Posted by Fat Man at December 5, 2012 6:48 PM

If we can build self-driving cars, I don't see why we can't build autonomous killbots to reign death and destruction upon our enemies. Sure, it inevitably leads to the Robot Apocalypse, but it will be fun while it lasts. Boot 'em up and turn 'em loose, I sez.

Posted by SteveS at December 5, 2012 7:37 PM

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