When we think of drones, we imagine the war on terror, unmanned surveillance planes dropping bombs on tribal regions of Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Yet the future of drones may look quite different than what we think of today. Many organizations are piloting drones for local police precincts, or animal surveillance. Between the Department of Defense and the contractors hoping to revolutionize the drone for domestic uses, the United States will need a number of pilots certified to operate these unmanned vehicles.
Nickolas Macchiarella developed a Bachelor's of Science program to train the next generation of drone pilots and developers. He is chair and professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and he explains this new academic program.