The Marine Corps (www.usmc.mil)
knew about a design flaw in the Osprey hybrid helicopter-airplane before it
caused two fatal crashes in the past year, say unnamed Marine Corps pilots who
were investigating the incidents.
Osprey crashes last December (in North Carolina) and April (in
Arizona) have killed a total of 23 Marines in 2000. There were also seven killed
in a crash in 1992, and a nonfatal crash in 1991.
The Marine pilots announced yesterday that the Pentagon (www.defenselink.mil) knew about a flaw in
the hydraulic system that was compounded by a software glitch, but were
reluctant to address the problem because they thought it would risk federal
funding for the plane.
Marine investigators have long suspected that the hydraulic system
was to blame, but they did not know that senior Marine officers already knew
about the problem.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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