NEW YORK Dec 30 The U.S. aviation regulator on
Monday named six U.S. locations that will create centers for
research and testing of unmanned aircraft systems, part of a
long-term effort to expand use of the systems in the national
The Federal Aviation Administration said the research and
test sites will be developed by the University of Alaska, the
state of Nevada, Griffiss International Airport in New York
state, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M
University at Corpus Christi, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University, which includes locations in New Jersey.
"These test sites will give us valuable information about
how best to ensure the safe introduction of this advanced
technology into our nation's skies," Transportation Secretary
Anthony Foxx said in a statement.
The FAA received 25 applications from 24 states.