Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says drones can help save lives and promote scientific research and resource development in Alaska.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – News that Alaska has been chosen as a test site for the integration of drones into U.S. airspace is being welcomed by state political leaders.
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell says drones can help save lives and promote scientific research and resource development in Alaska. He says they also can be used in places it is not safe to send people.
The University of Alaska was among six test-site operators chosen by the Federal Aviation Administration for the work. Its proposal includes test site locations in Hawaii and Oregon.
Greg Walker is director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration.
He says his center has been actively doing drone research for years, but says the FAA decision will open more opportunities to expand the center’s research.
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