New Military UAV May Lead to Commercial Drone Flights

The X-47B may usher in a new era of public drones following successful testing this summer.

The X-47B unmanned aircraft during sea trials aboard the USS George HW Bush in May 2013. (Department of Defense)

The X-47B unmanned aircraft during sea trials aboard the USS George HW Bush in May 2013.

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Engdahl adds that he always underestimates the public interest of this aircraft, which has appeared on the cover of Popular Science magazine.

"We're handing the U.S. Navy ... the technology to be able to do whatever they need to," Engdahl says. "If it's a pivot to the Pacific and a focus on anti-access area denial, then the entire idea of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles is very beneficial."

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