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Test sites were chosen for geographic and climatic diversity says FAA

The FAA has announced the first six locations that will act as test sites for unmanned aircraft systems into the air traffic system around the country. Before the FAA allows widespread use of drone aircraft around the country, it has to test the system out and be sure that people in the air and on the ground will be safe.
 
The FAA says that data generated by the test sites will, "Answer key research questions such as solutions for ‘sense and avoid,’ command and control, ground control station standards and human factors, airworthiness, lost link procedures and the interface with the air traffic control system."


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The six test sites include the University of Alaska, State of Nevada, New York Griffiss International Airport, North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, and Virginia Tech. Each of these test locations will concentrate on specific aspect such as guidelines for state monitoring and navigation via the University of Alaska.
 
The FAA says that the six test locations give it a cross-country geographic and climatic diversity. The test sites will also use and schedule access to the test zones for all parties interested in using the sites. The test sites will be operational until February 13, 2017 under the current law.
 
Earlier this month, Amazon announced plans to deliver packages to customers using unmanned aerial drones in the near future.

Source: FAA



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Since when...
By MrBlastman on 12/31/2013 11:35:03 AM , Rating: 3
Were Hellfire missiles declared "safe?" Last time I checked, their whole purpose was to kill people.

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Before the FAA allows widespread use of drone aircraft around the country, it has to test the system out and be sure that people in the air and on the ground will be safe.


Oh, sorry, we're talking about the United States here, where are citizens are *cough* violated every day. I feel better now.

OKAY OKAY. I don't kid. Back on topic. I look forward to Amazon delivering me stuff with Drones. :)




RE: Since when...
By Gondor on 12/31/2013 12:38:14 PM , Rating: 2
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Oh, sorry, we're talking about the United States here, where are citizens are *cough* violated every day. I feel better now.


Is there a place in the world where people and their rights AREN'T violated by the Orwellian governments and their agencies every single day ?


RE: Since when...
By Radioactiveafikomen on 12/31/2013 1:08:29 PM , Rating: 2
Reasonable: your pick of any of the smaller countries in Europe. Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, Liechtenstein.

Unreasonable: half of Africa (insert Somalia joke here). Hey, you said Orwellian, not unstable and useless.


RE: Since when...
By MrBlastman on 12/31/2013 1:16:17 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, in fact, there is. I'm glad you asked. Look no further than the Arctic Circle. Up there you have seals, eskimos and... polar bears. You see, the seals and eskimos might watch you, but the bears will most certainly violate you if you let them.

If you were to ask a polar bear, though, "Dear Bear, don't you think you're violating that human?"

They might casually reply, "Well, old chap, no, no I think not. He was most gentlemanly in life and also in death."

"Dear Bear, I think you're wrong! Look! You've severed his head from his body! That looks like a violation to me!"

"Like I said, chap, he was a gentleman and I can prove it..."

"How?!" Said the onlooker, covered in a thick blue fur coat and a poofy hood.

"Well, it's quite simple, actually." The bear paused with a smile in a polar-bear like way; that is, if a bear could actually smile and strangely enough, this one could. "I know he was a gentleman because as you can see, he even offered me his sole! Now that's what I call a fair sport and a Gentleman even in death." The bear laughed, picked up a leg and took a bite out of the corpse's foot.


RE: Since when...
By Monkey's Uncle on 12/31/2013 3:36:58 PM , Rating: 2
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The bear paused with a smile in a polar-bear like way; that is, if a bear could actually smile and strangely enough, this one could.

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