The Use Of Drones For Meteorological Research And The Assemblage Of Things That Are

1792 Words Apr 10th, 2015 8 Pages
Recent atmospheric events around the world have prompted different methods of using unarmed aerial systems (UAS) for the purpose of meteorological research (Cook, Strong, Garrett, & Marshall, 2012). The versatility of UAS has led to a rapid increase in their use in meteorology, as they can be equipped with imagery and biological sensors to collect information remotely from a diversity of atmospheric environments (Cook, Strong, Garrett, & Marshall, 2012). This essay will begin by describing the use of drones for meteorological research and the assemblage of things that are required to make them a political tool. The Global Hawk UAV will be used as an example, and will be discussed in terms of metrological research and other surveillance. It will then describe how the objects are knitted together, and what problems are created. Finally it will critically reflect on how the use of drones for meteorological research might enable new forms of geopolitical action, and the implications of this.
Part 1
Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) consist of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a ground control system and a pilot or navigator (Cook, Strong, Garrett, & Marshall, 2012). The navigator operates the vehicle using the ground control system as the UAV can fly without the need of an on-board human operator (Cook, Strong, Garrett, & Marshall, 2012). UAVS can be seen as assemblages, a human/technological combination that constitutes the drones as an ā€˜Iā€, expanded from the human body to the post…

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