A different perspective on UAVs

3 November 2011

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa–By now, we're familiar with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The U.S. military has used them extensively in the Middle East to perform surveillance and to target suspected terrorists.

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The UAVs can be controlled from a room in Nevada or Florida or anywhere, far from the battle fields. The use of UAVs is somewhat controversial too, but there's no denying that the technology is mind-boggling.

And it has practical applications far from the battlefield. What if instead of flying over the Afghan countryside, UAVs were deployed in civilian air space at home?

Bob Newgard, director of advanced radio systems for Rockwell Collins here, sees a time in the not-too-distant future when UAVs will be flying above our heads in North America.

What would that mean? And what would the applications be? What are the design and safety implications? And just what is ADSB?

Newgard explains:




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