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Default Remotely piloted vehicle

I'm playing around with the idea of remotely piloted vehicles. Using the MT design rules, a remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) would simply be a vehicle whose controls went through a radio or laser/maser communicator link rather than through whatever wiring a ship would ordinarily use. In other words, the vehicle is here, the control panel and computer is there. This concept is not directly modeled in the rules, as far as I know, so I'm trying to solicit some opinions to develop rules that cover it.

First, would the RPV itself need a computer (Model 0, presumably) to maintain a laser/maser link with the parent, or would the parent's computer be sufficient?

Second, errata allows for up to 12 kiloliters of linked controls per operator without a computer (assuming I'm interpreting that phrasing right). That translates to 600 CP per person for TL10+ control panels, 960 for the TL9 ones, 840 for the TL8 ones. (60 per person for the TL7 ones, if I were trying to build something low tech.) In this instance, I'm imagining a small drone, so CP requirements are typically only a couple or three hundred. Would the parent's controls require a computer to maintain a laser/maser link with the drone, or would the control panels be sufficient?
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