September 20, 2014

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 9/20/2013

"It’s going to grow exponentially once the law catches up. "

-- Josh Olds, an Embry-Riddle graduate and drone flight instructor at Embry-Riddle

Secured inside a room you need a U.S. passport to enter is a modern arcade of war machines.

It looks like a gamer’s paradise: A comfortable tan leather captain’s chair sits behind four computer monitors, an airplane joystick with a red “fire” button, a keyboard and throttle control.

The games here have great implications. Across the world, a $20 million Gray Eagle drone armed with four Hellfire missiles, ready to make a sortie into hostile territory is taking commands from a workstation like this one. A graduate from this room on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach could be in that other room in as little as six months with a master’s degree in drone warfare, his hand on the joystick, making $150,000 a year.

Read more at the AP.

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