WASHINGTON (AP) In a major step toward opening U.S. skies to thousands of unmanned drones, federal officials Thursday solicited proposals to create six drone test sites around the country.
The FAA is required by a law enacted a year ago to develop sites where civilian and military drones can be tested in preparation for integration into U.S. airspace that's currently limited to manned aircraft.
The law also requires that the FAA allow drones wide access to U.S. airspace by 2015, but the agency is behind schedule, and it's doubtful it will meet the deadline, the Transportation Department's inspector general said in a report last year.
The test sites are also expected to boost the local economy of the communities where they are located. About two dozen government-industry partnerships have been formed over the past year to compete for the sites.
The FAA plans to begin integrating drones starting with small aircraft weighing less than about 55 pounds. The agency forecasts an estimated 10,000 civilian drones will be in use in the U.S. within five years.....snip~
FAA moves toward creating 6 drone test sites in US - Yahoo! News
Associated Press 3 hrs ago Feb 15 2013<<<<< More here, way more.
First there was a discussion on Drones being used to take out Americans overseas. Then due to all the coverage over the Issue, we had Diane Deinstein waste the Taxpayers money and time talking about creating a New Court System over the issue. While knowing that the idea was going absolutely nowhere with even the Senate alone.
Now they are going to open up all of our Sky.....over the entire Nation for drones. If none were not worried about the Military. What are your thoughts about Police and LE's all across the country having such access? Now think about private industry and people having drones for their own purposes even for recreational use. Will this help to strip Americans of more of their Privacy?
What about the technology? Meaning should any crash and others from Foreign countries being able to have access to the Technology?