Navy: Drone testing on Kauai not a certainty

Published On: Jan 08 2014 01:11:16 PM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii -

U.S. Navy officials in Hawaii say drone testing at the Pacific Missile Range Facility is not a certainty even though the base is exploring the possibility with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Garden Island reported Wednesday that base spokesman Stefan Alford says there's no final commitment in place.

Alford says the base is being considered as a possible test site because of its infrastructure, lots of air space with safeguards and no privacy concerns with flights over water.

The university was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to manage one of six test site operations across the country.  The operators will research the requirements necessary to safety integrate drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, into U.S. airspace.

The plan includes proposed test sites in Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon.

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