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Aviation and Unmanned Systems

Demand is booming in all industries that utilize the sky. Thanks to global connectivity, aviation is projected to continue growing for the next 15 years, and beyond. To reduce costs and improve lives, the retail, commercial and defense sectors are embracing the unmanned aerial, ground and marine system industry.

Corporations worldwide are discovering how unmanned systems can accomplish some tasks that humans can do and some that humans cannot.

Capitol Technology University has assembled a network of our nation’s top experts, government and corporate partners to educate you — the new generation of aviation and unmanned-systems planners, architects, designers, engineers, and operators.

Aviation and Unmanned Systems Overview

$2.7 The amount of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) supported by the aviation industry. (Source: Air Transport Action Group)
$140B Unmanned aircraft systems industry expected to grow from $10B in 2014 to $140 in 2024. (Source: The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International)
$9.4B DoD 2019 budget for drone-related procurement, research and development, and system-specific construction. (Source: Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College)

Career Outlook

By 2025, more than 100,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the unmanned aircraft industry. Half of these jobs will be created in the defense sector and the other half in the commercial sector. Annual salaries will range from $60,000 to $145,000.

Drone journalism workshops, drone boot camps, and drone programs across the country are all oversubscribed because of the high-wage opportunities this industry promises.

Capitol Tech Opportunities

Here's some of the ways that we prepare and connect you with the field of unmanned systems

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Unmanned Systems Lab

Learn to program a swarm of drones, get hands on experience working with peers and industry practitioners to solve real-world problems in disaster management, homeland security, law enforcement, journalism, insurance, media, telecommunications, and more.


Corporate Partnerships

We understand that our students need hands-on experience. That’s why we partner with corporations and defense contractors, including; Textron Systems, a manufacturer and operator of numerous unmanned systems.

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Engaging Unmanned Courses

You’ll graduate with a strong foundation in unmanned and autonomous systems flight operations, mission planning, special sensors, weapons, surveillance, data collection and more, thanks to our courses in Unmanned Maritime Systems and Applications, Unmanned Space Systems and Applications and Unmanned Ground Systems and Applications.

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Washington, D.C. – Hub for Unmanned System

Live and learn at the heart of Washington, D.C. which is the hub for unmanned defense industry. Within an hour of the campus, you can attend conferences, summits, workshops, and trade shows; you can interview for summer internships; and you can visit trade groups, think tanks, and organizations.