The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

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The FAA is ready to test drones in Nevada, the agency has said. This marks the third operational drone-testing location that the FAA has kicked live. The Insitu ScanEagle drone will be used in this case.

The testing at the Nevada site is important to the future of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems — in that it will examine how the aircraft will interact with air control. The FAA notes in its post announcing the news that research in Nevada will also investigate how “these aircraft will integrate with NextGen, the modernization of the national airspace system.”

The FAA has selected six sites for drone testing in total. The first was brought online in April this year.

Drone technology is proliferating. Given the increasing technical ability of the flying devices, how to weave them into the skies so that they don’t abrogate privacy or cause in-air collisions is a large task.

The clamor for commercial use of drones is only growing. Amazon made headlines when it discussed using drones for package delivery.

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