I just transfered from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
and while there my Microprocessor Systems Professor who took me in shared with me information of the UAV project that he was starting.
The following was the information about the UAV he planned:
-It will be small, the craft being a helicopter
-It would be cheap. $15k ($7k - Helicopter, $8k Electronics)
-Price to public would be $50k-$75k
-It would be easy to fly & user friendly. Requiring NO pilot training. Would be similar to flying a video game airplane.
-Allowing for single-user operation. With high level command structure.
-Object-oriented design with much more robust software to ensure it won't fail like the Predator in combat.
-Includes GPS & Video for non-combat survillance work.
Most people in the Aviation field laughed at him after making most of these statements including the price. Unfortunately, they don't understand his background and full knowledge of the field. After being a Microprocessor Engineer for Texas Instruments and Intel he took a liking to flying and started an aviation business for UAV flight control system in 1994. His knowledge and abilities will be make it able for him to help the students of Embry-Riddle create the UAV despite the many people who continue to laugh in his face!