The designation of six UAS test ranges and formulation of the roadmap document were required by Congress in the 2012 FAA reauthorization act. That act also requires the FAA to safely integrate UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) by Sept. 30, 2015. The FAA estimates that 7,500 small unmanned aircraft will enter the airspace system in the next five years, assuming regulations are in place.
“On a broader level,” he added, “agencies across the government are coming together to work on privacy issues that may arise with increasing use of unmanned aircraft beyond these test sites.”
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