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Move over, Disney World. The demand for drones is expected to be so high during the next few years that the state of Florida is devoting a large chunk of funding in hopes of someday being the country’s hub for unmanned aerial vehicles.
With some experts saying that America’s airspace will host 30,000 drones by 2020, manufacturers of the unmanned robotic planes are pushing to produce as many of the UAVs as they can while interest is only beginning to be on the rise. Soon the United States will settle on just six test sites across the country to try out the tiny aircraft, though, and Florida officials say they hope they make the final cut.
“The skies over Florida will look dramatically different in the years to come,” Space Florida President Frank DiBello told an audience of aerospace professionals earlier this June, reports Florida Today. By earmarking as much as $1.4 million towards accommodating a possible drone program, DiBello’s Space Florida hopes that the government will include the Sunshine State on their shortlist of federally-approved testing sites, a decision set to be determined by the end of the year.
“We’re positioning Florida with a foothold in a new industry,”DiBello told his board of directors, the outlet reports. “This is a thing that’s good for the evolution of the aerospace industry in the state and we need to take that action and move on it.”
“In five or ten years you have 30,000 drones in the airspace,” Todd Humphreys from the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory tells Fox News. “Each one of these could be a potential missile used against us.”
“Ultimately, we have the same concerns about privacy that everyone else has,” Gielow tells Florida Today. “However, we believe that this new technology offers an incredible potential for the public good.”
One such individual who has embraced the disturbing use of drones in the United States is Bob McDonnell, the Governor of Virginia, who is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army.
McDonnell claimed that police drones flying over Virginia would not only be “great” but also “the right thing to do.”
Originally posted by seabag
reply to post by stanguilles7
Well, Florida being a solidly GOP state, they would never agree to this, right?
I don’t worship at the altar of the GOP, chief!
I'm merely noting the irony of so many GOP governors being so pro-drone. What happened to their whole 'limited government' thing? Was that just a fad after Obama was elected?
Besides, isn’t the GOP known for being hawks and catering to the military industrial complex? Why is this shocking to anyone?
I didn’t make this thread about politics….this is an American issue that affects us all. I just think it’s odd that a guy who has had his name mentioned for VP (Rubio) wouldn’t be speaking out against this issue. I guess he's bought and paid for already too.
There are many freshman Republicans who are voicing their concern over this stuff.
I just find it rather noteworthy in this age of rhetoric from the GOP about their 'limited government' values that so many GOP governors are embracing drones.