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U.S. officials said Monday that they plan to conduct testing in what may be the most congested airspace in the nation - the corridor between New York and Washington - to integrate unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into the air traffic system.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it had approved a joint application by New Jersey and Virginia to be among six national test sites for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the airspace.
Test sites also include New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, and a joint region of Alaska-Hawaii-Oregon. Data collected, such as research about "sense-and-avoid" systems, lost-link procedures, and human error, will help the FAA develop regulations and procedures for future commercial and civ
The first site where testing will be conducted - which has not been named - will be operational within 180 days, and all of the UAS sites will operate until February 2017.
reply to post by TwoTonTommy
How long till they weaponize them? That's what worries me.
reply to post by ThePeaceMaker
Unlike millions on social media broadcasting every thought and action, I feel that not every aspect of my life is for public consumption.
I don't do anything harmful when I'm getting the newspaper, or enjoying a beer on my deck yet it offends my sensibilities to think I could be under constant surveillance while doing so.edit on 31-12-2013 by FatherStacks because: (no reason given)