Experts to appear for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Day

Experts on unmanned aerial vehicles — commonly called “drones” — are scheduled to appear at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center today for UAV — Unmanned Aerial Vehicle — Day.

The event at the museum in Balboa Park will bring local engineers, scientists and inventors together for a look at unmanned flight. Displays, lectures and workshops on drone technology are included.

The lectures will be on the history and development of unmanned aircraft and its civil integration; current Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on commercial use of drones; and positive applications being developed for UAVs and quadcopters.

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[ Pala Mesa Resort ]major hub of drone technology, with two of the major manufacturers located here — General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, which builds the Predator and Reaper UAVs that target terrorists around the world, and Northrop Grumman, which makes the Global Hawk surveillance drones.

Other local companies engage in drone research and development, and supply parts.

While the public is generally supportive of the use of military drones overseas, opposition to domestic UAV surveillance has grown in the past several years. More than 30 states have been considering restrictions on drone use.

The event at the Fleet is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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