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Best Documentary I have seen on Drones!
on July 16, 2013
This documentary on UAVs/drones, their uses and their technology. It was produced in 2013, so it has the latest, most up-to-date content and footage on drones. The show begins with early footage of spy planes like the U2 and SR-71, most of the footage is in color. The draws similarities between their missions and the ones that drones are used for today. It then goes into the developmental history of drones with an interview and photos of Abe Karem(known as the father of the Predator)of his early prototypes from the early 1980s. Then it show how the Predator was developed. The show explores the strengths and weaknesses of the drones and even talks about the Iranians hacking into one of the RQ-170 Sentinal drones, taking it over and landing the drone. Though most of the details of that incident remain classified. This dvd showcases the efforts by engineers to make drone function without any input from humans. Talks about drone hobbiests, their use by the Border patrol and Police investigation units. Currently there are 55 countries developing drones for different uses. Towards the end it has flight footage and showcases the development of the X-47B, which is intended to carry out attack missions from the Navy's aircraft carriers.
In the future the Air Force predicts that about one-third of its tactical aircraft will be unmanned UAVs/drones. Currently the Air Force is training more "drone pilots" than regular pilots! NOVA was granted some access to the ARGUS sensor which can take 1.8 Billion pixel video images and stream them as well.
I would recommend this dvd to anyone who would like to learn more about drones, the aviation enthusiast and the person wanting to know more about where the drone technology is headed in the future. Amazon's price is a little high but I think this dvd is worth it. Most shows I have seen have had a segment of the show devoted to UAVs/drones but this show is 53 minutes long of interesting and very informative footage and content on drones!