Miss. in bidding to test drones

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“John 3:16”

Since: Sep 09

George County, MS. USA

#1 May 8, 2013
Miss. in bidding to test drones

MDA points to flight lab, aerial expertise

May 7, 2013 8:11 PM |

Jeff Amy
Associated Press

Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.

The state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, according to a Mississippi Development Authority.

State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as a flight laboratory at Mississippi State University. Congress has directed the FAA to use test sites to determine how to integrate current air traffic with unmanned vehicles. Today, such drones can only be flown with special permission and can’t be used for commercial purposes.

“There’s a lot of potential out there for commercial use of unmanned aerial systems,” said Manning McPhillips, the chief administrative officer of the MDA.“This is a huge growth area in the aerospace industry.”

FAA spokesman Les Dorr said 50 sites in 37 states had indicated they would submit proposals. The FAA won’t finance the test, Dorr said, meaning bidders have to find some way to pay. McPhillips said Mississippi can use most of its existing assets at no cost, including airspace at Camp Shelby, Stennis Space Center and Gulf of Mexico test ranges controlled by the Air National Guard Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport.

“The beauty of this is there is no upfront cost to the state,” McPhillips said.

Mississippi State University would collect data from tests and conduct research, said David Shaw, the university’s vice president for research and development. He said research projects could include finding ways to improve communication between ground controllers and aircraft, encrypting control signals to prevent outsiders from hijacking a drone and studies of how to improve the airworthiness of drones.

MDA officials said Camp Shelby’s more than 10 years of experience in safely operating drones is a big plus for Mississippi’s plan. They also cite the airspace over the Gulf of Mexico and MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory.

The idea is that the state would lay out the welcome mat for researchers who need time and space to fly their craft. Right now, air time in the United States is severely limited, said MDA’s Christine Pate.

“The fact that you can’t test is stymieing this industry that’s getting ready to explode,” she said.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International estimates that the unmanned aircraft industry would create more than 70,000 jobs in the first three years after the FAA allows normal commercial operations.

Today, Mississippi has about 250 jobs in the sector, including Northrop Grumman Corp.’s assembly facility in Moss Point, as well as Stark Aerospace and Aurora Flight Sciences at Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. Another 250 jobs are promised in the next two years, McPhillips said. But officials hope testing would allow them to multiply that figure.

“John 3:16”

Since: Sep 09

George County, MS. USA

#2 May 10, 2013
Well, Mentul, what do you say to this? It seems to back up some of your earlier comments.

Since: Apr 09

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#3 May 10, 2013
The_SCOOP wrote:
Well, Mentul, what do you say to this? It seems to back up some of your earlier comments.
I have a problem with the use of any un manned drones and I will say, Excellent reporting Scoop, Thank you for sharing this information. I don't think the drones will be used merely for finding lost pets or people, I believe they would have spy capabilities and I think that our privacy rights have been violated enough already with N.S.A and other government authorized acts. What is your opinion of this? By the way, If approved, the drones will be manned with artillery. I do wonder why they are bringing this to the media now as sights of these drones have been reported all over the United States.
Decon

Mobile, AL

#4 May 10, 2013
I don't know about you guys but why now? They had these things for years and just now they want to build them in Mississippi close to us?

“John 3:16”

Since: Sep 09

George County, MS. USA

#5 May 10, 2013
My honest opinion is where have they been building these things before this decision? Odd that they pick an anti-Obama area. We know they were designed to be armed too.

Since: Nov 10

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#6 May 10, 2013
The_SCOOP wrote:
My honest opinion is where have they been building these things before this decision? Odd that they pick an anti-Obama area. We know they were designed to be armed too.
Probably would like to take out the whole South.

“John 3:16”

Since: Sep 09

George County, MS. USA

#7 May 11, 2013
I had my doubts about all of this, figuring it would stay over there and in CIA hands. But now I'm not so sure.

“John 3:16”

Since: Sep 09

George County, MS. USA

#8 May 28, 2013
time2growup

Hattiesburg, MS

#9 May 29, 2013
And so it begins....
Pennnn

Lucedale, MS

#10 May 29, 2013
look at these penile implants above
Dooby

Lucedale, MS

#11 May 30, 2013
Pennnn wrote:
look at these penile implants above
You should know, hider. Your name starts with it.

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