With the news that 13 Squadron RAF is to be re-formed to join 39 Squadron (whose badge, appropriately enough, is a winged bomb) as on operator of the General Atomics Predator MQ-9 *RPAS's (known as Reaper
) ... I'm wondering how all that works
That is, what (in general terms) is the technology that allows an airman sitting in the desert in USA, or for that matter, "somewhere in England" to control the aircraft flying over the war-zone in [wherever]. And, how quickly does the aircraft react to twitches at the joystick thousands of miles away?
* Remotely Piloted Air System ... but also known as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (and often - wrongly - a Drone)
** Lot's more on Wikipedia, of course