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It appears that plans for patrolling robotic laser missile-muddler guardian aircraft above US airports have been shelved. The idea has been assessed as too expensive to be practical. Under the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "Project Chloe", the unmanned aeroplanes would have been equipped to detect any possible …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Stop

    The other way around!

    If they would just stop selling the bloody things in the first place, or even producing them, would've been much easier. They're the primary source for those things, anyway.

  2. Nomen Publicus
    Black Helicopters

    Always check failure modes

    That's good because the failure mode consists of the DHS shooting down an aircraft full of americans.

  3. Dave
    Boffin

    interesting (unexplained) calculation

    "This means that three Project Chloe patrollers at 65,000 feet would be needed to cover each airport, not one as the DHS had thought."

    erm, why? this conclusion must be based on some assesssment of sensor coverage & resolution traded against response time per Chloe-kite that the article does not include. Of course, if the NorGrumm original report didn't include such analysis, then they merely didn't want to make the thing 'cos DHS pay out less than DoD (probably)

    Can't help thinking that fitting commercial airliners with chaff and flares (proven technology & so much cheaper) is a sensible option (given, of course that the MANPADS threat on <bold> mainland US of A </bold> is actually credible)

  4. druck Silver badge
    Flame

    Free firework display at your local airport

    Of course fitting flare dispensers to commercial aircraft means anyone with the right type of laser pointer*, be it terrorist or numpty, can generate a rather impressive fireworks display, and probably set light to the houses of the poor sods living right under the approach path.

    * Many automatic flare dispensers have a laser warning receiver to detect laser range finders / designators used by IR seeking MANPADs.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Manpads

    Are they like ladies wings, errm if you've got manboobs and so on?

    Whatddya mean it's too expensive?

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