Ok so we all know Iran has a US spy drone.
What I don't get is this: Who was the genius who didn't think to put in some sort of self destruct device in the drones in case they lose contact with the person controlling them and is unable to reestablish contact?
I've been reading up on the drone and apparently it's programmed to circle in the skies while it tries to establish contact with the controller. what I'm wondering is, "even if it did run out of fuel and hit the ground, why wasn't it destroyed by the impact?"
You would figure remote controlled sophisticated military equipment would have the devices in place to ensure it doesn't fall into enemy hands, things like explosives on board with a device to detect a loss of signal, or to self destruct when it runs out of fuel to avoid having it fall into enemy hands, like it has.
Also, it would seem that the government knew it crashed, and where it crashed. why not send something to destroy the drone and not let it fall into enemy hands? or retrieve it? Some want to whine about it being "an act of war" but I say, "Who cares? flying the drone into their territory can already be considered an act of war!"
If they did hijack control of the drone, then it makes me wonder if the channel is encrypted. If they're flying drones using unencrypted methods, then that's just plain stupid... and given the stupid things I've seen those considered incredibly smart do... I would not doubt it.