Rise of the Drones | Military and non-military technology

Drone technology and how it is developing to push us toward a new paradigm in aviation.  NOVA does a great job is presenting both military and non-military technologies being used and being developed for the future.   They are on the ground with interviews and details of the MQ-1 (Predator) and MQ-9 (Reaper) drone pilot and support teams.

According to NOVA: These unmanned flying robots–some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds–do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, and kill has remained secret. But now, with rare access to drone engineers and those who fly them for the U.S. military, NOVA reveals the amazing technologies that make drones so powerful as we see how a remotely-piloted drone strike looks and feels from inside the command center. From cameras that can capture every detail of an entire city at a glance to swarming robots that can make decisions on their own to giant air frames that can stay aloft for days on end, drones are changing our relationship to war, surveillance, and each other. And it’s just the beginning. Discover the cutting edge technologies that are propelling us toward a new chapter in aviation history as NOVA gets ready for “Rise of the Drones.”