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Thu January 17, 2013
The Minds Behind the US Drones
How do unmanned flying robots detect and kill their targets? What is life like for the men and women of the US military controlling robotic airplanes in Afghanistan from a command center in Las Vegas?
We've heard a lot about drones, but less about how they really work, and who works them. In an upcoming documentary NOVA reveals the technologies and the people behind this twenty-first century warfare.
Missy Cummings is intimately familiar with drones, and she joined Kara Miller to talk about them.
- Missy Cummings is a professor of Aeronautics at MIT, and Director of the Humans and Automation Laboratory. She's also one of the US Navy's first female fighter pilots.