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Well, in most space movies, why are there always a freaking pilot in a ****pit of fighters? With all that cool giz whiz space technology they have, the pilot can be controlling the fighter by remote control somewhere in the mothership. Heck, the USA is using unmanned drones more and more to replace fighters. No ****pit and life support systems means the fighter can be smaller and more mobile with bigger payload.

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Because, where is the excitement in drones? Surely it's more interesting to see how a pilot fares and maybe even fear for his life a bit, than to watch people play video games on the orbit.

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Yeah, its all going to be rocketpacks from here on out.

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I was raised by polar bears. I had to fight against blood thirsty wolves and rabid penguins to get my food. Those who were too weak to survive were sent to Sweden.

 

It has made me the man I am today. A man who craves furry hentai.

So let us go and embrace the rustling smells of unseen worlds

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Well, in most space movies, why are there always a freaking pilot in a ****pit of fighters? With all that cool giz whiz space technology they have, the pilot can be controlling the fighter by remote control somewhere in the mothership. Heck, the USA is using unmanned drones more and more to replace fighters. No ****pit and life support systems means the fighter can be smaller and more mobile with bigger payload.

In many movies there's often a lot of small starships very long distances from any sort of possible command station, this would make controlling them remotely very difficult -- but now that I think about it, they often have (magical) real time comunication anyway :(.

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Screw all the fighters, build a real Enterprise like Star Trek!

 

 

Yeah complete with a constantly mal-functioning holodeck for gimpy non-space adventures and a bar featuring Whoopi Goldberg.

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Well, in most space movies, why are there always a freaking pilot in a ****pit of fighters? With all that cool giz whiz space technology they have, the pilot can be controlling the fighter by remote control somewhere in the mothership. Heck, the USA is using unmanned drones more and more to replace fighters. No ****pit and life support systems means the fighter can be smaller and more mobile with bigger payload.

 

You do realize that a guy in the plane itself is a much more creative thinker than a drone and if something wrong happens, like just say we were going to nuke someone but we found out they did nothing wrong and the drone won't deactivate or something like that, you're screwed. But a pilot could do something, maybe stop the missile from launching or crash his plane to stop the weapon. It's just that drones have too much blind obidence, they can't think for themselves or find out moraly right from wrong.

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Well, in most space movies, why are there always a freaking pilot in a ****pit of fighters? With all that cool giz whiz space technology they have, the pilot can be controlling the fighter by remote control somewhere in the mothership. Heck, the USA is using unmanned drones more and more to replace fighters. No ****pit and life support systems means the fighter can be smaller and more mobile with bigger payload.

 

You do realize that a guy in the plane itself is a much more creative thinker than a drone and if something wrong happens, like just say we were going to nuke someone but we found out they did nothing wrong and the drone won't deactivate or something like that, you're screwed. But a pilot could do something, maybe stop the missile from launching or crash his plane to stop the weapon. It's just that drones have too much blind obidence, they can't think for themselves or find out moraly right from wrong.

 

 

I think he's trying to say have them be remote controlled drones. Like there is a pilot in a ****pit somewhere, just not in the actual fighter. Like a flight simulator that controls the unmanned drone. That way their best pilots could be shot down many times but still fly the next mission.

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I think he's trying to say have them be remote controlled drones. Like there is a pilot in a ****pit somewhere, just not in the actual fighter. Like a flight simulator that controls the unmanned drone. That way their best pilots could be shot down many times but still fly the next mission.

 

In addition, the humans are the weak link in the machinery. Unmanned aircraft are much more capable of high G's and radical manuvering.

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Ya but if theres a power outage there goes a whole airforce.

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Man, I saw the movie "Stealth" (well, parts of it...it was too bad to watch completely) and AI is definitely not the way to go. Those things go rogue too easy.

 

Seriously though, remote piloting is pretty common in real life, hence the mars explorers. But remote control has drawbacks as well.

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I certainly wouldn't sign up to pilot a starfighter, at the rate they get blown to bits, and who in their right mind would? A sure sign of conscription under an oppressive regime. :(

 

In anything like Star Wars or Star Trek, there's no justification for not having either AI or remote control. Battlestar Galactica has a plot-related reason for not having that kind of technology, which is fine.

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I didn't realize ****pit was a bad word.

I'm not sure why they put the blanket ban on the word "****".

Just a list of some of the other words netted as well, these words also have more definitions -- I picked one definition per word to keep it short.

(everything is from www.dictionary.com)

 

****

-An adult male chicken; a rooster

 

****ade

-An ornament, such as a rosette or knot of ribbon, usually worn on the hat as a badge

 

****ed

-The position of the hammer of a firearm when ready for firing

 

****er

-A ****er spaniel

 

****led

-Any of various bivalve mollusks of the family Cardiidae, having rounded or heart-shaped shells with radiating ribs.

 

****y

-Overly self-assertive or self-confident

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Yeah, its all going to be rocketpacks from here on out.

 

Here's a picture of the prototype in action:

 

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My answer to why pilots is that you're watching entertainment programmes; manned flight involves mortal peril and therefore raises dramatic tension.

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