On a simulated aircraft carrier flight deck in Maryland, a yellow-shirted U.S. Navy aviation boatswain’s mate directs an X-47B unmanned aircraft. Since there is no pilot in the aircraft, a deck operator watches the “yellow shirt” and relays his commands to the aircraft using an elaborate, arm-mounted console.

On a simulated aircraft carrier flight deck in Maryland, a yellow-shirted U.S. Navy aviation boatswain’s mate directs an X-47B unmanned aircraft. Since there is no pilot in the aircraft, a deck operator watches the “yellow shirt” and relays his commands to the aircraft using an elaborate, arm-mounted console.

While the U...

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