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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration estimates that within five years, there will be about 7,500 commercially viable drones.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration estimates that within five years, there will be about 7,500 commercially viable drones.
(Erik de Castro/REUTERS)

Keep drone-related stocks in your sights

Drones are going mainstream. But drone stocks still have a ways to go.

Ever since Amazon.com Inc.’s chief executive Jeff Bezos last year raised the possibility of using drones to deliver packages to customers, the idea of widespread pilot-less flight has really entered the popular imagination.

Already, the technology has some military combat and surveillance applications, and is being used for crop dusting and aerial photography, where operators keep the machines in their sights.