Majia here: Earlier today I posted about militarized US drones in Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia here. Now we can read about expanded commercial drone surveillance in the US:
By TIMOTHY PRATT Published: March 21, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/us/states-vie-to-conduct-drone-tests.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130322&_r=0
[Excerpted]The state of Nevada recently joined the crowded bidding to be named a federal test site for the commercial use of pilotless aircraft under a program that will allow as many as six states to test the controversial but potentially lucrative technology for a five-year period.
The amount of time and resources Nevada and the other states are dedicating to the effort shows the potential they see for getting an economic lift from a market that by some predictions may grow to $11 billion in the next decade, or nearly twice its current size.
The six sites will give the F.A.A. information on how drones can be used safely in domestic airspace, data the agency needs as it prepares to meet a 2015 deadline for issuing guidelines on the technology. The agency now grants permission to fly drones on a case-by-case basis.
For the states that are selected, the hope is that they will become more attractive to big and small companies interested in the expanding market….[end]
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