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The Sports World Is Keeping an Eye on Drones

Thomas M. Hunt
Board of Contributors
Sep 11, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Baseball player Nick Hundley and umpire Jeff Kellogg watch a drone flying over Detroit's Comerica Park in 2014.

Nick Hundley of the Baltimore Orioles and umpire Jeff Kellogg look up at a drone flying overhead during Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on Oct. 5, 2014, in Detroit.

(LEON HALIP/Getty Images)

Most observers of geopolitics are well aware of the military importance of unmanned aerial vehicles, to use the military nomenclature for drones. They are famous for their roles as surveillance platforms, used by militaries and intelligence services alike. But they also possess a number of other potential uses. The U.S. Navy, for example, is developing an unmanned tanker that can be deployed on an aircraft carrier. In addition, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is exploring tactics related to the deployment of large numbers of very small drones through its Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program. The qualities that make drones useful in military operations have caught the attention of the sports world....

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