Don’t Use the ‘D’ Word: They’re ‘UAVs’ or ‘RPAs’ But Definitely Not ‘Drones’

By: Friday October 11, 2013 1:42 pm

A drone and aerial robotics conference sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation is taking place in New York this weekend. In the first few hours of the conference, tension over whether to use the word “drone” to describe “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs) or “remotely piloted aircrafts” (RPAs) became apparent. Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor in the [...]

PBS Ombudsman: Drones Program Would’ve Been Better Off Without Lockheed Martin Support

By: Monday February 4, 2013 5:52 pm

The ombudsman for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has responded to complaints about the perception that an episode of NOVA called “Rise of the Drones” received “additional funding” from Lockheed Martin, one of the biggest US military defense contractors in the United States. In my review of the documentary on January 24, which was published [...]

‘Rise of the Drones’ Is Mostly a PBS Infomercial for the Military Defense Industry

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 12:34 pm

The widely-acclaimed PBS program, NOVA, premiered a documentary on unmanned aerial vehicles or drones. The documentary, “Rise of the Drones,” was produced to explore how the technology is revolutionizing warfare and creating the next generation of cutting-edge surveillance. It was created to provide a glimpse at how the technology has advanced and how innovations might progress [...]

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