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At America's Biggest Drone Show, The Focus Shifts Toward Domestic Skies

How a defense-based industry is preparing to fill the home skies with robots

By Clay Dillow | PopSci

If you want to know what the future looks like, sit down and have a talk with Roy Minson. He’s the senior vice president and general manager of unmanned aircraft systems at Aerovironment, the manufacturer of nearly 85 percent of the Department of Defense’s unmanned aircraft fleet--not the Reapers and Predators that so often make headlines, but small aerial systems that make up the vast majority of the DoD’s 7,000 strong unmanned aircraft fleet. That is to say, business with the defense sector is good at Aerovironment. But today Minson is talking almost exclusively about non-military applications for the company’s hardware--him, and just about everybody else at the nation’s largest robotic systems show.

That’s partially because I’m peppering him with questions about civilian drone applications, but our conversation was bound to wander in this direction. The DoD certainly isn’t going anywhere, but defense spending cuts hang over this place like the sword of Damocles. The term for next year’s mandated defense spending cuts, “sequestration,” can be overheard around the exhibit hall here at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s annual North American trade show like some kind of new and derogatory slang.

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Soon there will be a new 'sport'

Drone shooting.
Complete with youtube videos as proof.

I Predict It Will Pass The Paintball Fad

Someone will probably market a great weapon to shoot down these drones..

Oh wait! We have them stinger missiles for that ....Ha!

a 20mm Vulcan Cannon ammo-firing

ATF-legal/civilian-legal Anzio sniper rifle that costs about the same as a Barrett M107A1/M82A1, will be a bigger 'fad' than the Macarena!


Taking orders, NOW!!!


Predictions in due Time...

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

It's all about.......MONEY

thats all these defense contractors care about.....TOTAL JERKS, right along with our treasonous politicians!!

The future has not been

The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is John Connor, they tried to murder me before I was born, when I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming, Judgment Day, the beginning of the war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory. It hasn't happened, no bombs fell, computers didn't take control, we stopped Judgment Day. I should feel safe, but I don't, so I live off the grid -no phone, no address, no one and nothing can find me. I've erased all connections to the past, but as hard as I try I can't erase my dreams, my nightmares.

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