Nova

  • 1974
  • 46 Seasons

PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past and present---and doesn't neglect the human aspect of the story. Its many memorable shows include 1983's...

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Season 30, Episode 1 Spies That Fly

First Aired: January 7, 2003

Tracing aerial surveillance, from the U-2 “spy planes” of the 1950s and '60s to a tiny unmanned aerial vehicle that will “fly like a fly,” says narrator Will Lyman. Among the larger UAVs surveyed are the Predator, which earned its stripes as a surveillance drone in Afghanistan; and Global Hawk, a member of the next generation of UAVs, which can reach heights of 65,000 feet and fly itself. The future of UAVs looks promising, but John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org warns: “We happen to be several years and several billion dollars from fulfilling that promise.”

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