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Raleigh, NC-- A North Carolina county hopes to set up a test range where research can be done on the use of unmanned aircraft.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the state Division of Aviation hopes to create a site in Hyde County where private companies and academic researchers could test unmanned aircraft with cameras and other devices.
Officials hope to get a permit from the Federal Aviation Administration and become one of six locations around the country to study the use of the aircraft in the United States.
Kyle Snyder with the NextGen Air Transportation Center at North
Carolina State University says the test range could encourage research and development worth billions of dollars.
Remote control aircraft have been used by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.