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Drones To Fly U.S. Skies, In DOD Plans
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Andrew Hornback
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Andrew Hornback,
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7/20/2012 | 3:28:00 AM
re: Drones To Fly U.S. Skies, In DOD Plans
Aside from the "unsavory" uses for this technology, I can see some future applications for it - mainly in the transportation industry.

Being able to load a freighter aircraft in one location, program it to land somewhere else and simply let the vehicle do the work itself could make air freight safer, faster and more cost efficient.

Another possible use might be a litlte more terrestrial, as in laying the foundation for an "automatic pilot" system for automobiles - being able to interact with and predict the path of other vehicles around you in 3D would certainly be adaptable to a 2D environment.

Andrew Hornback
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pronco
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7/19/2012 | 3:00:30 AM
re: Drones To Fly U.S. Skies, In DOD Plans
You didn't miss anything, the article ignored the glaring civil rights question. As for the "reasons for their usage," that should be obvious. The purpose of flying drones over American airspace is to spy on Americans. We shouldn't be surprised, of course. The NSA is already building a massive data center in Utah that will store (and analyze) everything we ever do on the Internet for the rest of our lives and longer, and they were listening to all of our Internet traffic shortly after 9/11, even before they had the ability to store it. Amy Goodman covered this in detail on her April 20, 2012 show. Business is booming for drone manufacturers. Drone sales are picking up worldwide and US police departments are really itching to get access to them.
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7/16/2012 | 8:04:02 PM
re: Drones To Fly U.S. Skies, In DOD Plans
Good article but it mentions nothing about reasons for their usage. Having just skimmed the article maybe I missed something.
PJS880
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7/12/2012 | 3:02:24 PM
re: Drones To Fly U.S. Skies, In DOD Plans
Sounds like trouble to me considering the demonstration that college kids from Colorado did last week for the DOD. It showed how easily they could hack into drones systems without any knowledge of doing so to the original operator. That is funny they just attended a demonstration to show with $1000 and some knowledge how vulnerable these drones are to hackers, and turn around and make an announcement like this?
It will be interesting to see how they monitor these aircrafts and also what they will do when watching and this hacking occurs.

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