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Oklahoma chosen as test site for drones
Small unmanned aircraft systems will be tested to help first responders deal with natural disasters and other emergencies in the restricted air space over Fort Sill near Lawton.
Oklahoma is the first state to be chosen as a testing site for small unmanned aircraft systems, commonly called drones, to be used to help first responders, state and federal officials announced Thursday.
Gov. Mary Fallin announces Thursday that Oklahoma is the first state to be chosen by the federal government to test drones for public safety purposes. Maj. Gen. Myles Deering, state adjutant general, left, and Stephen McKeever, Secretary of Science and Technology on the governor’s Cabinet, listen. PHOTO BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN
The robotic aircraft to be tested will be used for purposes such as search-and-rescue efforts or responding to natural disasters such as tornadoes and fires, Gov. Mary Fallin said.
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