Looks like we're getting closer to my vision of UAV's delivering coffee, pizza and Chinese food. A report from Inside The Air Force recently announced that officials at Rockwell Collins project commercial unmanned aircraft being approved as early as 2012.
UAV pizza delivery - I'm telling you, it's coming! (and I love the phrase "groundswell of non-naysayers").
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Inside the Air Force
August 14, 2009
ROCKWELL: INDUSTRY AIMING TO HAVE UAVS IN COMMERCIAL AIRSPACE BY 2012
Officials at Rockwell Collins see unmanned and manned aircraft sharing airspace across the globe by as early as 2012, one of the company's top managers for unmanned aerial vehicle control technologies announced this week.
While presenting numerous UAV control technologies being pioneered by the company, Dave Vos, Rockwell's senior manager for unmanned aerial system control technology, claimed that industry is quickly building a "groundswell of non-naysayers" who will work out the challenges associated with flying drones in the same airspace as manned aircraft on a routine basis.
The "2012 is the time line that we're all looking to, to allow and enable anyone who has a new business case and has managed to raise venture money . . . to go and exploit putting unmanned systems in commercial airspace," said Vos during an Aug. 12 briefing at an unmanned vehicle conference in Washington.