It’s a controversial topic that raises a number of concerns about safety and privacy – the use of robotic flying vehicles commonly known as “drones.” But where some people see danger, others are seeing an opportunity – and one Michigan college is already training students in the developing technology.
If you listen to much of the media coverage, you’ll hear that drones are a threat to our safety and privacy. So why would Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City be teaching students how to fly them?
For Tony Sauerbrey, who runs the college’s unmanned aerial systems program, it’s because the positives outweigh the negatives. “This one you might deploy over farm fields, or forest fires to monitor where the fire is going,” Sauerbrey said. “These vehicles can enhance the safety of civilians. Whether its search and rescue, whether it’s disaster relief.”
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