I’m not sure why anyone wants to be the site of drone testing. It only legitimizes their usage domestically, which can only lead to bad things. I’m more concerned about the government eventually instilling attack drones domestically, but there are certainly surveillance concerns as well. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what actually happens.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to decide by the end of the month where it will begin testing airspace regulations for drones.
Utah is hoping to be one of the six chosen test sites.
“There are great civil and commercial applications for these systems,” said Marshall Wright, the aerospace and defense cluster director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Utah is one of 24 states seeking to be a test site for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The FAA is developing regulations, and it wants test sites to conduct scenarios and experiments. Unmanned aircraft have been used primarily in the military. Most recently, Amazon announced it was exploring using drones to deliver packages.
“The FAA would like to get information out of these test sites as fast as they can, because what they want to do is normalize access for unmanned systems…
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