Did you know drone aircraft offer one of the best technologies ever to help humanity? Did you know you cannot buy a sophisticated drone aircraft from an American company? Did you know the US Military now uses drones to deploy the primary communications medium in Afghanistan?
If you answered ‘no’ to all of these questions then you are not alone. Many people are unaware drone aircraft represent a significant advancement in how a host of old and new technologies are now being deployed.
Yes-drone aircraft can be deadly. Just ask the Taliban soldiers of Afghanistan. The military’s new Reaper Drone can pack a walloping 5 tons of sophisticated munitions and deliver those munitions with pin-point accuracy. The fact is drones are quickly changing the face of warfare. Instead of risking soldier’s lives the US Military now dispatch drone aircraft to handle the dangerous work.
In addition to being used as an attack vehicle the military also uses drones for communications. This new communications medium comes in the form of airborne cell phone towers also known as ACPTs for short. These flying towers offer the same communications options as does all of the commercial cell phone towers you see scattered around America. Whatever you can do with your cell phone or Blackberry an American soldier can do on the battlefield drone photography.
Unfortunately for us civilians the military dominates the use of drone aircraft in America. Like I said at the start, “you cannot buy a sophisticated drone aircraft from an American company”. I am not exactly sure why this is so because General Atomics, located in San Diego, builds the best and most sophisticated drone aircraft in the world.
When I say unfortunate I am referring to the many uses drone aircraft offer other than being used for just warfare. For example ACPTs (airborne cell phone towers) offer the best emergency communication network yet designed. Remember the tremendous logistical problems posed by hurricane Katrina. People were still stranded on roof tops days into the event and tens of thousands of people were left homeless to wander the streets of New Orleans.
Would ACPTs have helped the rescue efforts in New Orleans? Just think-with a working cell phone system what FEMA could have done. First and foremost hurricane victims could have called their families to say they are still alive. Beyond personal usage every emergency official in New Orleans could have been in real time communications with coordinators. I will leave it to the reader to decide what these benefits mean but the bottom line is, in any widespread emergency, more lives can be saved when good communications are made available.