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Drone Boom: Why Drones Aren't Just for Dropping Bombs Anymore

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August 20, 2013
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When you hear the word drone you may immediately think of bombs being dropped in the Middle East or the surveillance of citizens here in the United States, but engineers and aviation geeks have wondered for decades if unmanned flight might solve a few of our world’s problems or just make our lives a little easier.


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