Tue, Feb 26, 2008
Will Conduct Gov't, Private Research
New Mexico State University and the FAA have signed an agreement
to help establish NMSU as the primary test center for unmanned
The Associated Press reports the school and the FAA will create
an unmanned aircraft systems Flight Test Center for government and
private research, development and testing of unmanned systems. The
plan, announced last week by US Senator Pete Domenici, includes
designated air space in southern New Mexico in which to carry out
the work safely.
"This is important research, and the information gained will be
important as the need to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into
the airspace system increases," Domenici said.
The center will be operated by NMSU's Physical Science
Laboratory, and have its headquarters in Las Cruces.
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