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Sat Dec 22, 2018, 04:50 PM

17. Modern drones can fly themselves

If they lose the radio signal, they can navigate home or to a neutral collection spot. The only way to prevent that would be to jam GPS, which is both much harder and very highly sketchy compared to jamming control signals. What happens if you jam the GPS depends on whether the programmer (who could very well be a 16-year-old hobbyist) thought of it and what contingencies were put in place. If the drone responds by zooming up to 5000 feet you probably lose the jamming and then it can just fly home. These things are basically flying robots, and how smart they are depends entirely on how smart the person who programmed them was -- and in real life terms, a teenager with summer open can often accomplish a lot more than a professional who is also trying to earn a living.

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