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In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone


Reaper pilot and sensor operator

A 9th Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, left, and 49th Operations Group MQ-9 sensor operator fly an MQ-9 Reaper training mission from a ground control station on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.

Credit: Michael Shoemaker/U.S. Air Force

Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There's no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to wear and no panic because the aircraft they are sitting in is spiraling out of control.

From NBC News
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