Drones descending on Washington! The Smithsonian had to get special clearance from the FAA and Secret Service to fly drones so close to the White House (Christopher Vo)
Drones descending on Washington!
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Smithsonian magazine is hosting its second "The Future is Here" festival this weekend. It plans to test fly drones and a human jetpack near the National Mall. The festival runs from Friday night through Sunday with events showcasing new science, technology and engineering.

Editor Michael Caruso said experts from NASA, the Smithsonian, Google and elsewhere will cover everything from evolutionary biology to artificial intelligence to space colonization.

"It's going to be pretty mind-blowing," he said. "By just sitting in one place, you are going to be taken into the future in all these different ways."

Events will be hosted at three museums and at the Ronald Reagan federal building. Tickets are $250 for an all-access pass.

The Smithsonian had to get special clearance from the FAA and Secret Service to fly a jetpack and drones so close to the White House. Jetpacks may not prove to be so practical for every home, but drones may be much more prevalent, Caruso said. The FAA estimates there may be 7,500 commercial drones operating by 2018, and Bezos has said Amazon could use them for deliveries.

"We're going to talk about uses that are actually much more practical than that," Caruso said. He wouldn't reveal many details about the drone test flight but said experts will discuss uses and how to operate a small drone.

"Everyone could possibly have one in the future," he said. "What would you have it do?"

Critical thinking challenge: What can a drone do for Amazon that UPS or FedEx cant?

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COMMENTS (28)
  • kw18green
    5/15/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    These drones can last loner and can go with out pay. the vary instresing to watch amonge adults and young children. They are also good because they don't take sick days or anything of the sort.

  • zeak
    5/16/2014 - 07:58 a.m.

    it will move faster than a human. you don't have too pay for gas or make any payments.it will be so easy. it would help ups out a lot.

  • Deishia
    5/16/2014 - 08:01 a.m.

    There able to get packages there fast .they shot them right there right away .unlike ups we have to wait almost for like a whole week or so.

  • Deishia
    5/16/2014 - 08:01 a.m.

    There able to get packages there fast .they shot them right there right away .unlike ups we have to wait almost for like a whole week or so.

  • KH20deus
    5/16/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    see this would be a good idea but, to me this is actually kinda scary that basically means theirs not a human that you can speak to that comes to your front door, that's a actual flying robot. this basically proves that we are starting to get lazy.

  • danm101
    5/16/2014 - 10:48 a.m.

    if amazon gets a drone that ups or FedEx doesn't have could make it easier to track packages. so this means if your waiting for a box in the mail from Amazon you can track it all the way back to your own house or business

  • DominicK711
    5/16/2014 - 11:31 a.m.

    The drones do not need payment to deliver a package. It would move faster than a human. Drones can deliver faster. Also amazon would not have to use other companies to deliver the package for them

  • Samanthad5
    5/16/2014 - 11:32 a.m.

    "It's going to be pretty mind-blowing," he said. "By just sitting in one place, you are going to be taken into the future in all these different ways."

    Events will be hosted at three museums and at the Ronald Reagan federal building. Tickets are $250 for an all-access pass.

    The Smithsonian had to get special clearance from the FAA and Secret Service to fly a jetpack and drones so close to the White House. Jetpacks may not prove to be so practical for every home, but drones may be much more prevalent, Caruso said. The FAA estimates there may be 7,500 commercial drones operating by 2018, and Bezos has said Amazon could use them for deliveries

  • Kait07
    5/16/2014 - 11:36 a.m.

    The drones do not need payment to deliver a package. It would move faster than a human. Drones can deliver faster. Also amazon would not have to use other companies to deliver the package for them.

  • alexus053
    5/16/2014 - 11:38 a.m.

    I agree that These drones can last loner and can go with out pay. the vary instresing to watch amonge adults and young children. They are also good because they don't take sick days or anything of the sort.

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