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The US military has invested heavily in drone technology over the past decade, but unmanned aircraft have plenty of uses beyond the battlefield.

Once the FAA finalizes its regulations for unmanned aerial systems — more commonly referred to as drones — the industry has the potential to create more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs and bring an overall economic benefit of $82 billion. 

Just how useful can drones be?

 

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