In December, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) named six locations around the country that are approved for testing of drones for commercial use. The goal is to enable drone flights in the same skies as airlines by the end of 2015.

We visited the approved site at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, Texas, where they’re working on drone safety systems to find out what the future might hold for what promises to be a new, lucrative industry. Watch the video below to learn more, and check out some current iterations of military and law enforcement drones in the slideshow below.

In this image from the British Army, Sergeant Scott Weaver, of The Queens Royal Lancers launching a newly issued Black Hornet miniature surveillance helicopter  during an operation in Afghanistan. The Scandinavian-designed Black Hornet Nano weighs as little as 16 grams (0.56 ounces), the same as a finch. The four-inch-long (10-centimeter-long) helicopter is fitted with a tiny camera which relays still images and video to a remote terminal. Troops used the drone to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing.
In this file photo, a Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive build-up of drones conducted in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to new areas of operation, such as Asia, as the Afghanistan war winds down. The downsizing would not affect the current drone campaign against terror suspects in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.
An Aeryon Scout UAV in flight.
The Vertical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (VUAV) is a short-range, shipboard deployable unmanned aircraft. The VUAV will allow the Coast Guard to extend the surveillance, classification and identification capability of its major cutters through its speed, range, and endurance and at a lower cost. This asset will be used to support maritime homeland security, search and rescue missions, enforcement of laws and treaties including illegal drug interdiction, marine environmental protection, and military preparedness. The Eagle Eye will be deployed aboard the National Security Cutter (NSC) and the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) as part of the Maritime Security Cutter force package.
In this file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, is piloted by Col. Lex Turner during a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. An instruction on camouflaging cars is one of 22 tips on how to avoid drones, listed on a document left behind by the Islamic extremists as they fled northern Mali from a French military intervention in January. The tip sheet, found Feb. 6, 2013 by an AP reporter in Timbuktu, reflects how al-Qaida’s chapter in North Africa anticipated a military intervention that would make use of drones, as the battleground in the war on terror worldwide is shifting from boots on the ground to unmanned planes in the air.
This September 2011 photo provided by Vanguard Defense Industries, shows a ShadowHawk drone with Montgomery County, Texas, SWAT team members. In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country. The FAA has granted several hundred permits to universities, police departments and other government agencies to use small, low-flying drones. For example, the sheriff’s department in Montgomery County, Texas, has a 50-pound ShadowHawk helicopter drone intended to supplement its SWAT team.
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night. A U.N. expert on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013 launched a special investigation into drone warfare and targeted killings, which the United States relies on as a front-line weapon in its global war against al-Qaida. The civilian killings and injuries that result from drone strikes on suspected terrorist cells will be part of the focus of the probe by British lawyer Ben Emmerson, the U.N. rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. His office announced the investigation in London.
A model of a military-style drone stands outside the Alameda County Administration Building before the start of a hearing on the Alameda County Sheriff's plan to acquire a drone for aerial enforcement, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. Officials went to great pains to point out that there is little relationship between the military style drone and the device the Sheriff's department is looking to acquire.
MQ-8B Fire Scout at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

9 comments on “Drones

  1. dylan vest

    I Think the idea of drones is realy cool but as a result of pizza places
    And other delivery services using them good people will get laid off
    And the us econemy will take a masive blow. lowerin the uneployment
    Rate even more. people have been so focused on the cool idea of
    Robots that they haven’t even thought of this!

  2. Beau-Zuver

    My feelings of this is good but what are they going to do when there is a bad strom or it rains wont it get weet or will they have somthing to cover it other than that i feel good about drones

  3. Matt

    Drones are a good idea and a bad one they can deliver stuff faster bad is the technology how do we know they can’t be hacked


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