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I can't see those providing enough countering force to overcome...well, anything. It would be way too heavy for that small of a control area, especially if it is in the unclean air coming off the shield. I guess one could argue though, that even if it is unstable, it would take a huge amount of force to cause it to lose control.
Correct. Assuming the crew knew what they were doing and someone was watching the attitude indicator the problem would be caught before any major loss of control happened. Lots of fail-safes are built into modern aircraft as it is, let alone something this far down the line. I do still agree with you though, those vertical stabilizers are definitely too small to function on their own for any extended time.

That windscreen breaking the boundary layer would definitely cause turbulent air behind it whenever maneuvering. In straight and level flight it should not if constructed properly. Making it lower to the structure of the plane would help, or making it extend further toward the back of the plane to maintain the boundary layer.
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Failsafes are nice until the failsafe fails and causes it to plow into the ground, a la B-2. That's the problem with these incredibly unstable, flown by computer aircraft. If the computer goes wrong, there's nothing you can do about it. At that point, you're just along for the ride. It's one thing for a fighter jet to act like that, it needs to be maneuverable, but something like this, I would expect it to be the most stable thing since the Golden Gate.
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Failsafes are nice until the failsafe fails and causes it to plow into the ground, a la B-2. That's the problem with these incredibly unstable, flown by computer aircraft. If the computer goes wrong, there's nothing you can do about it. At that point, you're just along for the ride. It's one thing for a fighter jet to act like that, it needs to be maneuverable, but something like this, I would expect it to be the most stable thing since the Golden Gate.
Completely agree with you on that one. If it can't be manually flown, especially something this large and expensive, it should never leave the ground.

The B-2 was a large investment in the faith of their instruments, and they learned the hard way that a pilot not being able to do his job can be fatal. I've personally experienced more than once one of my instruments being incorrect.

Personally I think it is only a matter of time before a simple AI is developed to handle that sort of problem though. A fairly simple set of troubleshooting is done to see which of your instruments is reading wrong, I wouldn't imagine it would take too much computational power to simulate this ability. The only major point of contention here is takeoff and landing, where you have fractions of a second to make adjustments.
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That is going to be one looooooooong runway to get that thing up in the air.
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It's a giant omni wing!
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hmmmmm maybe it would take off/land in the ocean? where the hell are they gonna get a runway big enough for that thing?
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I think a vertical thrust system would be needed for these things personally.
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they will never take this thing off the ground. Unless they assemble it in pieces in mid-air...
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What about landing a plane? How do you expect to land a plane on that and keep it stable? It's hard enough on an aircraft carrier. It's only going to get harder on that considering how fast it is travelling. Can an expert *cough*deadbydraino*cough* clarify this?
   
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What about landing a plane? How do you expect to land a plane on that and keep it stable? It's hard enough on an aircraft carrier. It's only going to get harder on that considering how fast it is travelling. Can an expert *cough*deadbydraino*cough* clarify this?
The faster an aircraft is moving, the more stable it is. As air moves over the surfaces of the wings and tail, they have more force with which to act. The only thing that would be inherently difficult in landing an aircraft on something like this is getting the glideslope right, which they have ways around such as the indicators on the F/A-18s and the like. Not impossible by any stretch in that sense.
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