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Cash or Crash: Investing in the Drone Revolution
Friday, July 21
Space Shuttle Pavilion. $15 (includes one drink ticket)

Become an investor for an evening, and take a (simulated!) gamble on the drone start-up market! Teams of investors hear pitches from entrepreneurs, assess the value of their technology and decide how much to invest.

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Drone Warrior: An Elite Soldier's Inside Account of the Hunt for America's Most Dangerous Enemies By Brett Velicovich and Christopher S. Stewart
Tuesday, June 27 (during Members Night) Lutnick Theater, $10 general admission; Free for members

For nearly a decade, Brett Velicovich used drones to take down the world’s deadliest terrorists. He shared his harrowing experiences with Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Christopher S. Stewart. Hear them discuss their captivating book.

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JPL, Mars Helicopter Drone, Mimi Aung
Friday, August 4

Join us for a talk by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Mimi Aung, who is developing a drone helicopter that will fly on Mars. Then stargaze on the flight deck! Free.

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Intrepid Adventure: Drone On
June 24, 25; July 22, 23; August 19, 20 October 14, 15; December 2, 3

Plan, design, and fly in this Intrepid Adventure. Guests will get a chance to learn how drones work, then use basic programming to plan out the route for a drone in our interactive workshop. Free with Museum admission but registration is required.

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Drones: A Catalyst for Integrating Engineering, Science and History Professional Development Course
August 21–26

Drawing on the Museum’s exhibition, this six-day institute will focus on the history and engineering of drone technology, as well as the conversations and controversies surrounding the increasing use of drones. Teachers will learn how to program and utilize drones in their classrooms.

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Aviation Next
Available September - November 2017 Grades 6–12, 90 minutes

While exploring the Museum’s aircraft collection and the exhibition Drones, students will discuss technological advances in aviation, compare and contrast manned versus unmanned flight, and discover how advances in aviation affect human populations. Limited availability.

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Early Access Tour
9:00am Weekends
beginning May 20.
Daily June 26–September 4
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Take an in-depth tour of the exhibition Drones: Is the Sky the Limit? Learn about the earliest attempts to use unmanned flying machines, advanced systems of the 21st century and exciting developments on the horizon. An expert guide will show you real drones, historical artifacts, model airplanes, three-dimensional computer renderings, rare videos and immersive installations. This tour offers access to the exhibition before the Museum opens to the public.

Drones Next Door Demo
2:30pm Daily

Even basic drones can do more than fly. In this Interactive demonstration, learn how drones sense the world around them and respond to changes in their environment.


Radioplane OQ-2/TDD
Target Drone

Reginald Denny, a famous silent film actor of the 1920s, was also a model airplane enthusiast. In 1940, Denny founded the Radioplane Company, which designed and manufactured some of the first radio control equipment for model aircraft. At the outbreak of World War II, Denny adapted his technology for the war effort. The result was the OQ-2/TDD aerial target drone.

On loan from the Academy of Model Aeronautics, National Model Aviation Museum