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Old Jul 11, 2011, 07:24 AM
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Hi TeamSAR_2011,

My opinion doesn't really count, it's the organisers that you need to persuade :-)

But for what it's worth, I do agree that any device - including a flight termination device - can fail. However the probability of failure is not the same for all devices. An autopilot contains complex software and I am sure no manufacturer would claim their autopilot to be bug-free. A flight termination device is rather simple in comparison, and with a similar level of diligence on the part of the designers should have a far lower probability of failure.

So I would argue that the addition of a flight termination device adds the small probability of its own failure, but mitigates against the much larger probability of autopilot failure, and thus provides a net safety benefit.
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