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During PBS’ NOVA “Rise of the Drones” session at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA on Monday, January 14, 2013, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Dave Deptula, Professor Vijay Kumar, Karem Aircraft founder Abraham Karem, producer and director Peter Yost, NOVA senior executive producer Paula S. Apsell and Dr. Peter W. Singer (via satellite) discuss the technologies that make drones so powerful. (Premiered Wednesday, January 23, 2013) Photo credit Rahoul Ghose/PBS.

During PBS’ NOVA “Rise of the Drones” session at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, CA on Monday, January 14, 2013, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Dave Deptula, Professor Vijay Kumar, Karem Aircraft founder Abraham Karem, producer and director Peter Yost, NOVA senior executive producer Paula S. Apsell and Dr. Peter W. Singer (via satellite) discuss the technologies that make drones so powerful. (Premiered Wednesday, January 23, 2013) Photo credit Rahoul Ghose/PBS.

A new chapter in aviation history By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (Hollywood Today) 1/24/13 –  “This is the ultimate melding of man and machine” pilot Matt McDonagh told Hollywood Today.  NOVA Rise of The Drones was the first episode of its new season depicting the evolution of the Drone Technology in United States Military.  Nova represented these Aerial robots well by showing how they are tiny enough to fit into a soldiers backpack or large enough to fly high into the sky.  What used to be just an “eye in the sky” these remote control robots are being used everywhere from the borders to the far lands during wartime. The Drone is a “pilotless” aircraft, it uses 300 times less fuel than planes which makes them safer and healthier for the pilot and the environment.  By taking the pilot out of the aircraft there is less room for error, of course, however the Drone gives the bomb a more precise hit than any other “human” operated aircraft has ever before.  These weapons are able to see and kill from half a world away literally shooting so precisely that a missile can go through a window sized open with ease.  The need to refuel is no comparison and some of these drones can remain airborne up to 24 hours. One would think that this would eliminate the need for a pilot but that is not the case.  Each drone still has to have a driver, their feet are on the ground in a remote control setting.  “It’s not like a video game, there’s no reset button, you have to stay there, stay plugged in, and focus on the destruction that you caused from your, uh, aircraft” one pilot states. “The Air Force is now training more remote pilots than manned fighter and bomber pilots combined.”  These aircrafts helped to eliminate 70% of Al Qaeda.  They are in the top leadership of most effective weapons being used in the United States Military at this time.  The downfall however is the Drone is also a “game changer”.  Not just the American Military has access to these aircrafts. Several Nations are using them as well as their weapons of choice.   Another downfall is self diagnosis isn’t there, so if there is a problem mechanically sometimes it cannot be forewarned and causes an accident.  Or you have the problem of landing in the wrong area and losing a drone indefinitely. This is a new chapter in aviation history.  NOVA Rise of the Drones did a great job of informing the average citizen of the United States about these weapons of destruction.  PBS is a great network for this type of information to be displayed on because it is unbiased and to the point.  The viewer can relate to the military personnel and understand the importance of  educated and well trained soldiers.  With the new apps available for the viewer to have hands on access to the shows information I foresee the shows ratings skyrocketing because it is over the top informative!

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