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Six Unmanned Aircraft Testing Sites Announced

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Today a big step for unmanned aircraft technology as the Federal Aviation Administration announced six sites where researchers will develop and test drones to fly safely in the same skys as commercial airliners.

Sites where the drone testing will be built are in New York, Nevada, Alaska, Texas, North Dakota, and Virginia. These sites were chosen based on geography, climate, and the use of airspace. The goal with these sites is to have unmanned aircraft also, known as drones, share the skies with passenger planes by the end of 2015. Interest grew in drone technology earlier this month when Amazon CEO announced his company is testing delivering packages using drones. Currently the FAA prohibits drones flying programmed paths without a pilot to steer them. Drones have been used mainly by military, but is growing in the government, business, and farming industries.

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