Tuesday, December 31, 2013

U.S. Government Announces Six Drone Test Sites

A small drone helicopter operated by a paparazzi records singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter (not seen) as she rides the Cyclone rollercoaster while filming a music video on Coney Island in New York August 29, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

U.S. Cracks Open Skies To Testing, Use Of Aerial Drones -- Reuters

(Reuters) - The U.S. aviation regulator took a step toward opening the skies to aerial drones on Monday, authorizing six sites where unmanned aircraft can be tested for a variety of uses.

The Federal Aviation Administration already has approved limited use of drones in the U.S. for law enforcement, surveillance, atmospheric research and other applications.

But Monday's move will give companies, universities and other entities locations at which to test much broader use, such as crop spraying, catching exotic-animal poachers or delivering packages.

"It provides the platform for this research to be carried out on a very large scale across the country," Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta told reporters.

The first test site is expected to be open in six months and the sites will operate at least until February 2017.

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More News On The U.S. Government Announcing Six Drone Test Sites

U.S. Names Domestic Test Sites for Drone Aircraft -- New York Times
FAA picks sites for drone testing -- Washington Post
Feds announce test sites for drone aircraft -- AP
FAA picks six states for drone testing -- Washington Post
Drones to Take Flight at Six Test Sites Chosen by FAA -- Bloomberg Businessweek
FAA names 6 sites for testing drones -- USA Today
Six states chosen as drone testing sites; California among losers -- L.A. Times
The 6 lucky states that’ll shape the future of drone technology -- Washington Post
US announces six drone test sites -- BBC
Drones over America: Virginia, five other states picked for drone testing sites -- Washington Times
Feds announce drone testing sites in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia -- Global Post/Canadian Press

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