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"Are robots the future of paratroopers?" Topic


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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2018 9:05 p.m. PST

"A parachute is a simple tool: an expanse of cloth, unfurled while falling, that turns a careening object into a descending one. The offensive deployment of parachutes, carrying armies from midair to surprise envelopment on the ground, is as mythical as it is a mixed historical reality. Controlled descent by parachute means a gentle glide to the ground as a sitting target. There are ways to mitigate this, like special apps with maps, but what if the problem isn't the parachute, it's the person?…"
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Lion in the Stars03 Jul 2018 1:19 a.m. PST

The real problem is how to deal with communications delay. It's a half-second or so to bounce a signal off a satellite and back down to the ground.

A lot can happen in combat in a half second.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2018 10:44 a.m. PST

Good point!.

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Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2018 1:37 p.m. PST

Here's the solution to the communications delay problem: remove the requirement of communication.

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I believe that this line of research was inspired by certain Arnold Schwarzenegger films.

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