Article Photos: Risk and reward at the dawn of civilian drone age 1/7

This photo taken March 26, 2013, shows an Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft launched at the airport in Arlington, Ore.  Itâs a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americansâ everyday lives, performing countless useful functions. A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. Theyâll help police departments to find missing people, reconstruct traffic accidents and act as lookouts for SWAT teams. Theyâll alert authorities to people stranded on rooftops by hurricanes, and monitor evacuation flows.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan)