As the visionary pioneer of unmanned ground systems in the Department of the Navy from the Cold War to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, Everett appropriately looks back at the origins of all unmanned systems. His impeccably researched history is as compelling as it is comprehensive.
It is extremely rare to come across a book that adds so much to the information available about its subject, but this book is an extreme example. Everett has produced an exhaustive and unprecedented study of the unmanned vehicles from a period that few people consider when thinking about them. This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in unmanned systems, as well as anyone interested in analog systems and early electronic systems that existed before the digital revolution.
Everett’s new book is an extraordinary compendium of unmanned military technologies, ranging from the very first amazing remote-controlled prototypes in the nineteenth century to the more sophisticated ones developed during World War II and the years immediately following. A must for lovers of history of technology.
Drones are the hallmark of tech-y modern warfare, but weapons piloted from afar have been around for more than a century. These long-gone systems used servos, gyroscopes, motors, and rotary switches, and they’re all lovingly described in Unmanned Systems of World Wars I and II, an encyclopedic history of remotely controlled ships, planes, and tanks.
H.R. Everett's "Unmanned Systems of World Wars I and II" presents an encyclopedic look at early robotic weapon systems and technology, tracing the lineage of many modern weapons all the way back to the drawing board. Presenting an astonishing array of obscure efforts from all over the world reaching back to before the 19th Century, I believe this to be the most definitive and categorical work on the subject ever written. Published by The MIT Press, the book is richly illustrated with lots of historical photos, patent-application diagrams, circuit diagrams, and line drawings. Many of these weapons you've never heard of and I suspect were pretty much lost to history prior to the publication of this text. Everett's definitely done a masterful job locating source material and exposing many lost, and likely once secret programs. There's even an in-depth discussion of whether or not WWII's "Foo Fighters" were actually a German aerial weapon described as a Feuerball or simply an optical illusion!
This impressive new book tells of unmanned systems in world-wide existence long before many imagine. In November 2015, MIT Press published Unmanned Systems of World Wars I and II, an extensive guide to robotic platforms used by militaries in the early to mid-20th century. Written by H.R. (Bart) Everett, former Technical Director for Robotics at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, with a Foreword by former AUVSI President and CEO Michael Toscano, the book covers hundreds of historical robots that were well before their time. Extensive photos and diagrams, many never seen publically before, are provided showing these pioneering systems operating in the air, land, sea-surface, undersea, and subterranean domains for which they were designed.
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