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Drones Coming To New Jersey?

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Drones could be coming to a New Jersey sunset near you.

Governor Christie has recently requested that New Jersey be one of the six regional test sites for the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (AKA Drones).

This is a proposal by three universities, including Rutgers, to develop and integrate drone technology.

The FAA is currently required to pick sites where civilian and military drones can be tested in arrangement for incorporation into U.S. airspace.

The hope is to develop the technology to create autonomous firefighters, and carry out law enforcement, crop dusting and mosquito control.

The military and CIA also have an extensive weaponized drone program.

United Nations Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher, Arms Division, Bonnie Docherty fears that we simply do not have the international regulations in place.

“One concern is people say the law we have is enough, and we argue that it is not you need something specifically dedicated towards these weapons,” she said.

If New Jersey does incorporate Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles into its airspace starting in 2015, it could boost both employment and the economy. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International states that drones would create an estimated 1,028 jobs in New Jersey by 2025 and bring $102.90 million into the economy.

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