Robotic airplanes flying in friendly skies

NASA working on integrating robot craft into nation's airspace

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$360 million is a lot of money to spend, and 2008 is a very agressive goal considering that there are no robotic planes flying in commercial airspace right now.

Predictably, the article mentions nothing about robots flying passenger aircraft. Having "robot planes and conventional piloted aircraft routinely and safely sharing civil airspace by 2008" is a necessary step, however, if we are going to eliminate human pilots from airplanes.

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