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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, an industry group, expects to see more than 100,000 jobs and more than $82 billion in economic impact across the U.S. by 2025, once regulations help integrate drones more fully into the national airspace.
"Drones are already starting to reshape the landscape for all manners of industries," said Brian Wynne, the group's president and CEO. "As we have rules that allow us to do more complex operations, there are going to be even more industries that get impacted in a positive way."
As all of this unfolds, Northup wants to ensure his students can benefit from such opportunities. He created a three-week class focused on using drones for visual story-telling. The university, using grant money and donors, purchased six drones that 10 students take turns operating.