The American Shuttles have always had auto pilot.
That's why they can time the landing from de-orbit down to the second. They don't let the astronauts pilot the ship through reentry...
They just practice that incase of equipment casualty.
Now the shuttle isn't auto on the ground like the Buran for braking and navigating once on the ground.
Last edited by Saquist : 06-15-2010 at 05:04 AM.