Sites selected for program aimed at expanding drone flights

Sites selected for program aimed at expanding drone flights

"Businesses, governments, nonprofits, academics and many others want to be able to use drones in their work, and the proposals selected today will make significant progress in helping America accomplish that goal while protecting safety and addressing local concerns", Schulman said. In the first three years of drone integration, it is predicted that more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the United States with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said dozens more projects could be approved in coming months, either with new waivers or under existing rules.

Amazon, which hopes to one day deliver packages with a fleet of drones, said it was unfortunate its applications were not selected but supports the USA efforts. A rigorous process was cited in conjunction with Amazon's rejection, but deputy transportation secretary Jeff Rosen said there were "no losers".

Although it's possible to walk into just about any electronics store now and purchase a drone for a relatively small amount of money, the middle ground - that is, using drones for commercial delivery versus making YouTube videos or bombing people in the Middle East - has been a longstanding challenge.

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Nevada will "continue to work closely with the FAA as one of seven designated UAS test sites and look for new opportunities to accelerate the integration of the technology into our airspace, economy and daily lives for the benefit of all Nevadans", Anderson said.

Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., that it will be hard for the United States to establish global drone craft technology and market leadership unless a remote ID requirement is put in place.

The startup will have to hire more people, ramp up its testing and add more features to its drones - all of which will require more money, and Flirtey will complete another financing round this year, Siegel said.

The North Carolina, North Dakota, and Kansas transportation departments were among those chosen, in addition to the cities of Reno, Nev., and San Diego. Another partner is General Electric Co, he said.

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Earlier, the agency confirmed it had sent two planned rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

One of the new rules would allow drones to fly over people while the other would allow for remote identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft in flight. After both are formally proposed, it could take months before they are finalized.

The contest drew 149 bids from locales looking to host flights at night, flights over people and other drone operations that United States rules prohibit. The FAA has no requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft.

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