Next Generation of Drones Won't Require Operator

Friday, January 27, 2012

Consisting of one-third of all military aircrafts, drones have played a major role in U.S. military operations in Pakistan, Yemen, and Afghanistan. Relying on a remote pilot to carry out airstrikes, drones are cheaper to build and operate than other types of aircrafts. However a new experimental drone, the X-47-B, will be entirely computer-controlled, and therefore more akin to cruise missiles.

Keven Gambold is director of operations for Unmanned Experts, a consultancy for unmanned aerial vehicles. Congressman Henry Cuellar represents the 28th district of Texas and is co-chair of the Unmanned Systems Caucus.


Congressman Henry Cuellar and Keven Gambold

Comments [1]

Well, folks, if you think it's a dirty thing to put a GPS tracker on your car to record where you go, imagine a drone that can "stake out" you for hours and not just record your trips but who you meet and what you say and do. Though many will say they have nothing to hide, I'm sure there are things they'd rather not share with strangers. And believe me this "tool" isn't going to stay in the Middle East for long.

Jan. 27 2012 10:27 AM

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