Monday, April 16, 2012

Airborne Snoops For Control No Matter What They Tell Us

Drone Majors Bask in Cool as U.S. Prepares to Open Skies

"Russell Peters is a junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (78211MF), one of the top U.S. flight-training schools, who has no intention of taking to the skies.

Standing next to a 3-foot-wide (91.4 centimeters) plane that searches for objects on the ground using artificial intelligence, he talks about how his fascination with robotics led him to the Daytona Beach, Florida, campus to prepare for a career building and operating drones.

“I don’t care about flying the planes,” said Peters, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. “I just want to make the planes. And if we can get rid of the pilots, that’s great.”

As the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prepares to let civilian unmanned aircraft operate in domestic airspace, universities including Embry-Riddle have created majors in flying and building drones. Enrollment is accelerating as students look for new opportunities in an aviation job market pummeled by airline bankruptcies.

The drone industry, estimated worldwide at $5.9 billion annually, will grow to $11.3 billion by 2021, according to a report last year by the Teal Group Corp. of Fairfax, Virginia, which analyzes the industry. It’s “been the most dynamic growth sector of the aerospace industry this decade,” the firm said in the report.

During the past 10 years, drones have become a vital military tool in Iraq and Afghanistan, creating a platform to attack terrorists without risking pilots’ lives and giving ground troops a chance to see their opponents from the air.

The FAA is scheduled to release proposed rules later this year for allowing small drones to operate commercially in the U.S. without special permission."

El Policio Estatio


Anonymous Anonymous said...

all the sickos that prpmpte an escalation of murderous drones should be the first victims of their sick insanity

16/4/12 7:06 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...


17/4/12 4:47 PM  

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