Drones that have killed hundreds of suspected terrorists in the tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan soon may be patrolling the skies over Florida and the rest of the United States.
Domestically flown drones could fill a variety of peaceful roles [sic], from aerial photography, land surveying to law-enforcement duties such as monitoring red-light running and speeding, clandestine surveillance (privacy concerns), etc.
The Federal Aviation Administration, at the behest of Congress and President Barack Obama, is devising rules that by 2015 should determine how drones can safely share airspace with the nearly 340,000 commercial and private planes nationwide.
As many as 50 companies in Florida are involved with manufacturing drones. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is one of the few institutions in the country that offers a degree in unmanned systems.