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Go To Uni, Earn a Degree In Drones 66

New submitter KernelMuncher writes "Curricula and research projects related to drones are cropping up at both large universities and community colleges across the country. In a list of 81 publicly-funded entities that have applied for a certificate of authorization to fly drones from the Federal Aviation Administration, more than a third are colleges... Schools — and their students — are jockeying for a position on the ground floor of a nascent industry that looks poised to generate jobs and research funding in the coming years. 'We get a lot of inquiries from students saying, "I want to be a drone pilot,"' says Ken Polovitz, the assistant dean in the University of North Dakota's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences."
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Go To Uni, Earn a Degree In Drones

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  • Well that's funny (Score:5, Interesting)

    by HeckRuler ( 1369601 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @05:46PM (#43218113)

    Because when I went to school it was to automate those guys out of a job.

    I mean, that was my "big plan" at least. I got a nice well rounded education and went off into entirely different fields of programming and software engineering, but senior design project was to automate a gas-powered helicopter. We had a big clunky accelerometer that fell off a fighter jet from a friend in the industry. Ludicrously advanced for students at the time and horribly outmatched by a wiimote a few years later. All in all it was a good project. Would have been nice to work professionally on autonomous UAVs, but that's a little hard to do in Iowa.

    But talk about a degree with a shelf life.

  • Re:Anyone... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @06:02PM (#43218255)

    some of the best pilots in RC are able to turn something they enjoy into something that can earn a very healthy living.

    for many operations it's simply not worth it to trust the aircraft to the computer, especially if the payload had done silly things with the flight characteristics. skilled RC guys can account for such things if they have the skills. get paid healthy $$$ to be shipped somewhere to take drones off, hand them over to the computer... then wait for them to come back and land them.

    so... maybe not the average-dude-in-the-street, but if you have the skills, not a bad way to get to play with some serious RC toys.

    being a sponsored giant scale RC aerobatics pilot, I was asked a few weeks back if I wanted to help go train drone pilots... thinking about it...

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