via Space Daily
by Olga Yazhgunovich Moscow (Voice of Russia) Nov 14, 2013
US airspace could be crowded with some 7,500 commercial drones within the next five years, this is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's new roadmap unveiled on Thursday.
The announcement is the latest step toward transitioning drones from military use in the war on terrorism to collecting survey and weather data to assisting rescues and law enforcement operations.
"From advancing scientific research and responding to natural disasters to locating missing persons and helping to fight wildfires, drones can save time, save money and, most importantly, save lives," said a statement by Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems.
"By the end of the year, we plan to choose six test sites for civil unmanned aircraft. Congress required us to do so, and we need to make sure we use these sites to obtain the best data that we can," FF Administrator Michael Huerta said.
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