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?"

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COMMENTS (73)
  • lr19batman
    5/15/2014 - 01:01 p.m.

    it can dliver packages to other people and send letters back kinda like an owel and also to take pictures of the item to make sure its the right one and things like that

  • Travisfoster
    5/15/2014 - 01:44 p.m.

    it can dliver packages to other people and send letters back kinda like an owel and also to take pictures of the item to make sure its the right one and things like that

  • Logv-DollLover
    5/15/2014 - 03:12 p.m.

    The drone can deliver packages quicker and easier than UPS and FedEx. I think this is really cool. I can't wait to see what other inventions people come up with in the future. I hope someone makes robots that can do stuff for you like clean and cook. I want a jetpack and time machine too.

  • Hall-Tbone
    5/15/2014 - 03:33 p.m.

    it can dliver packages to other people and send letters back kinda like an owel and also to take pictures of the item to make sure its the right one and things like that

  • JaydonJblueQ4
    5/15/2014 - 04:44 p.m.

    It must be nice to work with all those drones. I imagine all the things they can do like fly deliver pizza to the already existing military purposes. It would be cool to fly in a drone or have them set fireworks.

  • TeaganredQ4
    5/15/2014 - 04:49 p.m.

    I don't really know what this drone is doing? but i like drones very useful and cool i have cool mottles like drones there pretty cool.

  • Scherme1888
    5/15/2014 - 05:19 p.m.

    If O had my own drone o would order Legos from the LEGO store in Rochester and have my drone go and pick them up. If i had a GoPro camera i would secure it on the drone and get an awesome view.

  • AidanL-5
    5/15/2014 - 07:25 p.m.

    This article is about the Smithsonian magazine hosting its second "The Future is Here" carnival this weekend. Experts in engineering from NASA, Google, the Smithsonian will be at the carnival showcasing all sorts of gadgets. Amazon is showcasing one of their new delivery drones, and had to get clearance from the white house to fly. The carnival is being hosted at three museums and at the Ronald Reagan federal building.

    I enjoyed this article because I found it interesting about all the new technology.

  • 12aeastman
    5/15/2014 - 08:26 p.m.

    I think this is great! I would love to see all the new technologies! The drones are new and cool and seem to be a great idea! It sounds amazing and the future looks bright ahead!

  • RyanD-3
    5/15/2014 - 10:38 p.m.

    In Washington DC the Smithsonian is hosting for the second time the future is here festival. In the festival the latest technologies are presented to the public by their makers. Some examples of the technologies are the human jetpack that the makers of the project are testing out for the first time. Another invention that will be popular at the futuristic festival is the commercial drones. These drones have already been used in the military but now they are being used commercially. In 2018 amazon is expected to use these drones as delivery trucks. I Think these two latest inventions are very cool and that they can really affect the future of delivery process.

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