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Today's Big Idea: DIY Drones

The Big Idea for Wednesday, September 05, 2012

In the burgeoning field of online learning, here is something unique: a University for drone operators. Jerry LeMeiux is a retired colonel with an engineering PhD and "10,000 hours of aviation experience" who just founded Unmanned Vehicle University which provides online courses on unmanned air vehicles (or UAVs). 

This is just one sign that the field of DIY Drones is growing and maturing rapidly.

While there are many skeptics of this field, it is hard to ignore what has been accomplished by amateur volunteers. They have designed drones that accomplish 90 percent of the functionality of military models at 1 percent of the cost. That is why forecasts that predict the FAA will begin issuing private drone operator licenses by 2015 may not be based on fantasy, but a rapidly changing reality. 

Perspectives

  1. 1 DIY Drones: The Future is Now
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 A Day in the Life of a Drone Operator
    P.W. Singer
  3. 3 Power Pivots: Innovation at the Finish Line
    Brian Hoffstein Inside Singularity University
  4. 4 A Nuclear-Powered Drone? Fantasy. DIY Drones? Reality.
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
 

Today's Big Idea: DIY Drones

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