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Small quad copters like this one can be precisely controlled by the use of a Global Positioning System built into the craft.
Affinity for aviation

A Floral City college student’s affinity for aviation has propelled him into a lofty experiment — building a quad copter, also known as an unmanned aerial system.

As a model airplane enthusiast, Matt Welnicki, 24, remembers hearing about Amazon broaching the notion of package deliveries with quad copters and thinking, “Wouldn’t it be cool building one of those things?”

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