2. So far, drones tend to crash.
As of July 2010, the Air Force hadÂ identifiedÂ 79 drone accidents costing at least $1 million each. The primary reasons for the crashes: bad weather, loss or disruption of communications links, and “human error factors,”Â accordingÂ to the Air Force. As Lt. Gen. David Deptula, former Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, has notedÂ with refreshing honesty, “Some of the [drones] that we have today, you put in a high-threat environment, and they’ll start falling from the sky like rain.”
How charming to think that we’ll soon be having many more of them in our already-crowded domestic airspace.