Friday, January 6, 2012

Drone Pilots - Overworked and Feeling It

Photo: USAF

Toward the end of last month, Jill Reilly of London's MailOnline, offered an article that explored the stress imposed on military drone pilots who are flying remote sensing platforms that effectively never need rest.  Contrary to what one might think, for these military pilots, the stress doesn't come from the combat role performed by the drones.  Go here to read the article.

Comment:  This article indirectly addresses a theme raised by Dr. Carl Reed during his Twin Cities GECCo talks - Big Data.  Remote sensing platforms are now capable of generating more sensory output than we have either the mechanical or human capacity to handle.  That equates to unreviewed stacks of collected data, and stress on system operators.

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