Drones get boost from Amazon CEO

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Salina, Kan. -- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, in a 60 minutes interview, revealed the online retailer's intentions of delivering small packages to door steps using drones.

These aren't the same drones we hear about dropping bombs on enemy combatants or used in war zone aerial surveillance.

These are smaller unmanned aircraft systems, the kind students in the unmanned aircraft system program on the K-State Salina campus fly regularly.

Mark Blanks is the U.A.S. program manager at KSU-Salina.

Blanks says, "For our students it's a huge potential if you're now talking about package delivery. That's a huge potential for operators, for jobs to go out and fly packages for different people. It's like being a cargo pilot. You might be sitting in one room doing it."

Blanks says KSU program started in 2007.

Blanks says, "Now that Amazon and Domino's and others are picking up on this it's becoming much more main stream and we're seeing probably an exponential growth of probably three times or more per year in the number of aircraft that are out there. The market is massive."

But what's holding things up are a set of regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration. Those regulations are now expected by 2015.


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