Sad breaking news.

A foreign engineer from an Austrian company was killed and two South Korean colleagues were injured Thursday when an unmanned spy drone crashed into their control vehicle during a test flight, police said.

The trio were testing the aircraft for South Korea’s military in the western port city of Incheon, police said.

“A 50-year-old foreign engineer from an Austrian company died on the spot when the S-100 drone crashed while they were controlling it remotely from inside the vehicle,” a police spokeswoman at Incheon told AFP.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 11, 2012 at 4:08am

Should this prove to be GPS spoofing it has big implications for NAS integration, everywhere.

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 11, 2012 at 7:27am

Sad to hear.  Maybe they should have set RTL+X, on GPS failure and set X to an offset of several meters from where the operators are.

Comment by Bertrand Duchiron on May 11, 2012 at 7:40am

I doubt they start using the S-100 during a GPS Jamming operation maybe it's a dead-reckoning algorithm problem and we maybe never know since the GCS was destroyed.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 11, 2012 at 9:21am

@Ellison, what use would that be if the GPS is jammed?

Comment by Ellison Chan on May 11, 2012 at 9:39am

I'm thinking they use a little more sophisticated RTL algorithm than ours.  I can think of one where you're always calculating the RTL offsets from current location and on loss of GPS, you can attempt a backtrack to launch without the GPS signal.

Comment by Patrick Egan on May 11, 2012 at 9:50am

Maybe they should look into a shelter upgrade??

Condolences to the families, and a speedy and full recovery to those injured.


Comment by Tobias Krieger on May 11, 2012 at 11:48am

Knew him well. Good guy, great engineer. Taught me a lot. 

Jozef, I will miss you.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 11, 2012 at 12:16pm

Sorry to hear that Tobias, its a great platform with a bright future. Lets see what the accident report brings.

Condolences again to all those that knew Jozef.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on May 11, 2012 at 1:42pm

@Ellison, OK, assuming they have an inertial dead reckoning system, as a backup, that could help.  And it's a fair assumption that they did.

The problem is, I think, if somebody was spoofing the GPS signal, that would probably over-ride the inertial system.  Similar to what happened with that drone in Iran.

Regardless, it doesn't sound like the idea of GPS spoofing is anything other than supposition at this point.  But, if it was spoofing, and it appears they even managed to steer the craft into the command and control station, that's a pretty frightening prospect that they had that much control.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 11, 2012 at 1:47pm

Yes the GPS does not necessarily know its being spoofed.

But I doubt it was that, it was just what was said to the press.


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