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I believe there has been a great deal of curiosity about when and how the United States will initiate the highly controversial drone program within it's borders. When is now and how is here in this from the BBC. The article, US Announces Six Drone Test Sights, sheds light on FAA plans

    to develop safety and operational rules for drones by the end of 2015.

It's reported that the FAA has chosen six states to participate in the implementation of its goal. Those six states are

    Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.

The BBC article cuts to the chase when it reports that

    the worldwide commercial drone market could top $89bn in the next decade.

With this amount of money on the line to change hands we can be sure that there will be scant introspection about the social, legal, or moral aspects of drone production and usage by the entrepreneurial arm of this capitalistic undertaking.
The debate over domestic drones and their implications have been going on for some time. But it appears that drones are destined to be a part of our future with the steps the FAA are now taking.
Without ridged regulation by the government, private drone usage could become a nightmare. But then who is to regulate the government? We have seen time and again the governments reluctance to police itself. The future is unfolding before us and we need to keep the debate going about domestic drone use and its potential, for both good and bad.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Wood Gas, just another vet, kurt

    one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK

    by Klick2con10ue on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 12:11:57 AM PST

  •  There is no reason to fear new technology. (2+ / 0-)
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    FG, misslegalbeagle

    We already know shat bad things UAVs can be used for, but there is a world of discovery that awaits us on all of the good and beneficial effects we may enjoy. Drones could be useful in rescue situations, or when a part or an object needs to be delivered. They can be used to deliver the mail. There are likely hundreds of other uses we will only discover upon actually using the things.

  •  They will make good targets for the gun nuts (0+ / 0-)

    How many rounds does it take to bring down that fed ex drone?

  •  U of Alaska (2+ / 0-)
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    just another vet, Klick2con10ue

    Will be using test ranges in Hawaii and Oregon.

    The University of Alaska proposal contained a diverse set of test site range locations in seven climatic zones as well as geographic diversity with test site range locations in Hawaii and Oregon. The research plan includes the development of a set of standards for unmanned aircraft categories, state monitoring and navigation.  Alaska also plans to work on safety standards for UAS operations.

    "If you pour some music on whatever's wrong, it'll sure help out." Levon Helm

    by BOHICA on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 07:01:25 AM PST

    •  Thanks for the link (2+ / 0-)
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      BOHICA, kurt

      Some of these "clay pigeons" will be as large as existing commercial planes I'm sure and will be integrated into existing flight plans.

      one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK

      by Klick2con10ue on Tue Dec 31, 2013 at 10:07:41 AM PST

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