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Reverse engineering

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Whatever happened to our drone?

By Jay Miller

Two recent columns assured there is no worry about Iranian scientists reverse engineering the U.S. drone that mysteriously landed in Iran.
But Santa Fe reader Mike Patel reminds that although Iranian scientists couldn’t reverse engineer a baby buggy, they can provide access to interested countries.
Pitel notes that our friends in Pakistan gave China a look at our crashed stealth helicopter used in the killing of Osama bin Laden. They later gave us back the helicopter’s remains.
Iran was asked to give the drone back but that’s not going to happen.
And you can bet that China already has paid a visit to the drone and may eventually have it in its possession.
The price wouldn’t be cheap. Pitel suggests the trade-off might be 25 years of Chinese take-out.
My columns also mentioned our country’s inability to reverse engineer the space craft that crashed in Roswell in 1947.  
With the fall of Germany, we had recently captured the best rocket scientists in the world.
And they couldn’t produce anything like the flying saucers we were hearing about.
Does that mean there is a limit to reverse engineering?


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