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FAA Directed to Startup 6 New UAS Test Sites


The 2012 Defense Authorization Act calls for the Federal Aviation Administration to establish six new testing sites for unmanned aerial systems, according to Defense Systems.

The act allots at least $1 billion for UAS activities. The sites will be used to test the safety of integrating UAS into the national airspace as part of a five-year program established under the act.

UAS have been primarily used in overseas military operations overseas or in restricted U.S. airspace, Defense Systems reported.

The act requires the FAA and Defense Department to coordinate in determining how UAS could be used in U.S. airspace according to Defense Systems.

TheNewNewInternet recently reported that drones are being used for border control and being considered for use by law enforcement for crime investigation and monitoring utilities.

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