Colo. Groups Aim To Land Federal Drone Test Site

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- A small Denver-area airport and business groups in Denver and Colorado Springs are forming a partnership to pursue one of six new federal training sites for remotely piloted aircraft or drones.

Front Range Airport, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. said Tuesday that Colorado's location, climate and infrastructure are a good fit for a test range.

Congress last year directed the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pentagon to designate locations to test ways to integrate remotely piloted aircraft into U.S. airspace.

Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., says Colorado already has an established aerospace industry with nearly $3 billion in annual payroll.

The three groups say commercial drones could help Colorado agriculture, search and rescue teams and firefighters.

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  • by Ed on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    That reminds me, did we ever figure out why the GPS coordinates of our front doors were recorded during the census?
  • by LDT Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 7, 2012 at 08:58 PM
    It doesn't make sense to have the drone testing site so close to Denver, unless they plan on using the DIA runway (which they don't need). Put the test site out of mind and of sight, like Punkin Center.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    Go ahead! I have nothing to hide! Of course, that only makes sense if we still have the Constitution and no police state. It's complicated.
  • by RJ on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:37 PM
    When are they going to test the sound cannons and heat guns? Those are way cooler than drones!
  • by will Location: campo, co on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:24 PM
    of course they want to bypass baca county even though there's plenty of space and low population.....guess they want baca county to wither and die...........
  • by Ed Location: CS on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    Why do we need a test site in the USA when they've already been tested overseas? Our spy satellites aren't enough?
  • by AJ Location: COS on Feb 7, 2012 at 03:57 PM
    Agriculture, Search & Rescue and firefighters. I guess there are a lot of other uses that won't be brought up at least until 2015. Get ready for the "safety" campaign: We need drones to keep us safe!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 03:49 PM
    The drones will use Runway 1984.
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