Rise of the Drones: Introduction (01:59)
Drones are revolutionizing warfare. This segment orients viewers to drone technology and its social acceptance with film excerpts. (Sponsors)
Drone Revolution (02:41)
The U.S. has more than 2,300 manned fighter planes; drones are beginning to replace them. The Pentagon relies on 10,000 drones. Learn facts about the Raven, the Predator, and the Global Hawk.
Holloman Air Force Base (02:56)
The base is the largest training center for remotely piloted aircraft. Capt. Chad teaches pilots to fly the MQ-1. Learn the Predator's physical characteristics and capabilities.
Controlling Drones by Satellite (03:01)
Remote pilots work out of small ground trailers. Predator and Reaper pilots have killed thousands since 2001. See a clip from Iraq. Capt. Chad flies the Reaper in a New Mexico exercise.
Reaper Training Exercise (02:36)
Capt. Chad works with his Sensor Operator, Jay and a ground soldier. The decision to kill a target can come from a number of individuals. Learn about the drone's weapons system.
Revolution in Warfare (03:13)
Compare military intelligence gathering and targeting from WWII through today. Pilot Tony Bevacqua recalls the SR-71's speed; he is one of 12 men to operationally pilot the U-2 and the SR-71.
U-2 Pilot Downed (01:55)
Francis Gary Powers was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960 and imprisoned for over two years. Learn about unmanned aircraft capabilities and limitations since WWII.
Abe Karem: Father of the Predator (03:26)
See Karem's first prototype and learn the Albatross' characteristics. Karem discusses creating new drone designs. Albatross soon evolved into Amber. DARPA supported new technologies.
Fighting Non-State Enemies (01:43)
By the mid-90s, Karem's design became the Predator. He discusses the purpose of his UAVs. In October, 2001, an armed Predator was used in Afghanistan.
One Year Education Program (03:42)
Instruction begins on video simulators. See a real strike in Iraq and aftermath footage from a 2005 strike. In 2012, the U.S. carried out hundreds of strikes in four countries.
Drone Controversy (02:15)
Some claim that strikes violate international law. In 2012, the U.S. acknowledged targeted drone strikes against Al Qaeda.
Drone Sensors (01:54)
Learn about drone visual sensor limitations and possible consequences. See portions of a 2010 transcript of a strike gone wrong.
Learn the capabilities of this UAV visual sensor designed by Yiannis Antoniades.
World's Highest Definition Camera (01:51)
ARGUS uses 368 chips to create a 1.8 billion pixel video stream. UAVs are the perfect platform for ARGUS. The U.S. Air Force can archive every video off of every UAV.
Drone Crash (03:21)
The $100 million Global Hawk is three times more likely to crash than the U-2. In 2011, the RQ-170 Sentinel was lost over Iran. Experts discuss taking over control of a drone and reasons drones crash.
Autonomous Drones (02:30)
Vijay Kumar designs drones that do not need external links and can sense their environment.
Autonomous Communication (01:45)
In the lab, drones communicate through a central computer that uses motion capture. A new drone uses a laser range finder to determine obstacle distance and a 3D depth camera.
Domestic Drones (03:01)
Corey Brixen discusses his drone hobby. The Border Patrol, police, and individuals use drones for various purposes. Senator Rand Paul proposed legislation limiting domestic use.
Drones Arms Race (04:02)
Iran announced it has an armed drone. The U.S. is constantly developing new technologies. See the Switchblade and the X-47B prototype. Experts discuss future drone autonomy.
Unanticipated Events (01:48)
Experts discuss the importance of human beings in a tactical environment and the future of drones.
Credits: Rise of the Drones (01:23)
Credits: Rise of the Drones
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