Poor button placement sends drones crashing to the ground – could have been worse

In a recent article about the dangers of poor design of drone plane interfaces, published by Ars Technica, Sean Gallagher highlights how poor button placement has, at times, lead to unmanned aircraft plummeting out of the skies.

Gallagher cites one example from 2006 where a drone operator mean to deploy the aircraft’s landing gear, but instead accidentally pushed the button that switched off the drone’s engines. Result: a rather more vertical landing than hoped for and a completely wrecked $1,5 million drone.

Makes you wonder where on the interface they’ve put the buttons for launching weapons….

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