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VOA常速英语新闻:民间多功能无人机开创新市场(双语)

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一切要从乔迪·穆尼奥斯从母亲那里得到的作为礼物的一架遥控直升机开始。
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It began with a remote -controlled helicopter that Jordi Munoz got as a gift from his mother.
一切要从乔迪·穆尼奥斯从母亲那里得到的作为礼物的一架遥控直升机开始。

Munoz, now 26, used a game controller and a component he bought online to modify the toy, five years ago.
现年26岁的穆尼奥斯在5年前使用游戏控制器和一个在网上购买的组件改装玩具。

“It did not work, the first version, but that is the beginning of everything," said Munoz.
“第一个版本并不是很好,但这只是一切的开始。”穆尼奥斯说道。

As he stabilized and improved the toy aircraft, Munoz built an online following of hobbyists through a blog.
当他稳定并改进了玩具飞机后,穆尼奥斯随即通过博客建了一个在线同好会。

With money borrowed from a friend, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine Chris Anderson, Munoz bought the parts to build more drones and advertised online.
穆尼奥斯使用从朋友《连线》杂志的主编克里斯·安德森那里借的钱买了制造更多无人机的部件并开始在网络间投放广告。

“And then I sold them in one day," he said.
“然后有一天我卖给他们,”他说道。

"So I multiplied the money by a factor of four in 24 hours.”
“而在24小时内我以四倍的价钱成交。”

With his friend Anderson, Munoz founded the company 3D Robotics.
在朋友安德森的帮助下,穆尼奥斯创办了公司3 D机器人。

Anderson left his journalism job to become the company's chief executive.
而安德森离开他的新闻行业,成为公司的首席执行官。

3D Robotics manufacturers its own computer chips, the brain of the devices, and sells to hobbyists and businesses worldwide.
3D机器人公司制造自己的电脑芯片,这是设备的大脑,随后卖给世界的爱好者们和各企业。

The drones cost just a fraction of the price of military versions, selling for hundreds—not thousands—of dollars.
无人机的成本只是军用版本价格的一小部分,售价数百数美元—而不是数千美元。

The company employs 30 workers in the United States and 25 across the Mexican border in Tijuana, and the Tijuana plant is being expanded.
该公司在美国拥有30名员工,在面对墨西哥边境的提华纳有25人,而提华纳工厂正在扩大。

As privately-owned drones have become more popular, some are raising concerns about privacy issues.
随着民营无人机变得越来越受欢迎,随之而来的是些令人担忧的隐私问题。

Yet with demand increasing, Munoz says he wants to build his business along the U.S.-Mexico border, instead of manufacturing more cheaply in Asia.
然而由于需求增加,穆尼奥斯表示他想在美国墨西哥边境建立自己的业务,而不是在亚洲制造的更为便宜。

“It is better if we keep the money on this side of the continent, rather than sending money to China and manufacture over there," he said.
“如果我们在这边的大陆留住钱会更好,就不用发钱到中国并在那里制造。”他说道。

Munoz says the drones can used be used for security, research and other serious applications, or flown by hobbyists just for fun, and that his company has helped create a market for this new technology.
穆尼奥斯表示无人机可以用于安全,研究和其他必要的应用,或飞行只是为了好玩的爱好者们,他的公司已经为这种新技术创造了市场。

词汇解释:
1.remote a.遥远的;偏僻的
far away in distance or time, or not closely related

eg. The most remote two points in this world are two estranged hearts.
人世间相距最远的两点,是两颗隔膜的心。

2.modify v.修改;更改
to change something such as a plan, opinion, law, or way of behaviour slightly, usually to improve it or make it more acceptable

eg. We have to modify our plan a little bit.
我们得对我们的计划稍加修改。

3.stabilize v.使安定;使坚固
If something stabilizes, it becomes fixed or stops changing

eg. His condition has now stabilized.
他的情况稳定下来了。

4.journalism n.新闻工作;新闻业
the work of collecting, writing, and publishing news stories and articles in newspapers and magazines or broadcasting them on the radio and television

eg. When he left school he took up journalism.
他离开学校后开始从事新闻工作。

5.manufacturer n.制造商
a company that produces goods in large numbers

eg. My husband is now a purse manufacturer.
我先生现在是手提包制造商。

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