Long before portable computers, the Beatles anticipated this problem of moving from the "A" side to the "B" side. They released a 45 rpm vinyl record in 1965 with "I'm Down" on one side and "Help" on the flip side!
I marvel at the ability of engineers to manage computer problems at great distances in hostile environments. I have enough trouble managing mine right in front of me when I have full physical access and the ability to substitute parts. One obvious trait that the NASA ground team has perfected is the ability to plan ahead, think about possible consequences, and craft a careful action plan. Many personal computer repairs go down some dead ends and depend upon physical access to reverse errors and restore functionality.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.