People from around the U.S. will travel to Indiana Tuesday, October 29th for a conference on the use of unmanned drones.
The National Center for Complex Operations or NCCO is hosting the Mid-America Defense Conference to discuss the future of unmanned robotics.
NCCO Executive Director Matt Konkler says the indusrty is expected to boom in the coming years — and Indiana hopes to benefit from that growth.
“This event is bringing together people inside of Indiana and outside of Indiana who are either senior-level government, military officials, industry leaders, non-profit leaders and in some cases just average citizens, to discuss the future of this growth sector.” Konkler says.
Konkler says drones can be used for civilian in addition to military purposes.
“The largest percentage of unmaned systems are used strictly for agriculture, and when you look at all the other uses, weather forecasting, public safety, drug trafficking, all of those contribute to a better society,” Konkler says.
If Indiana can get ahead of the curve, Konkler says it can become a hub for research and testing in the unmanned robotics industry.