Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?

Rise of spy planes exposed after FAA is forced to reveal 63 launch sites across U.S.

Exposed: Location of sites where licences have been granted for the use of drones within the U.S. There are 63 active sites based in 20 states. Red flags show active sites and blue show those locations where licences have expired since 2006. click on the image to enlarge


Unmanned spy planes are being launched from locations in 20 states and owners include the military and universities

Julian Gavaghan
The Daily Mail [UK]
24 April 2012
There are at least 63 active drone sites around the U.S, federal authorities have been forced to reveal following a landmark Freedom of Information lawsuit.The unmanned planes – some of which may have been designed to kill terror suspects – are being launched from locations in 20 states.Most of the active drones are deployed from military installations, enforcement agencies and border patrol teams, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

But, astonishingly, 19 universities and colleges are also registered as owners of what are officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles.

It is thought that many of institutions, which include Cornell, the University of Colorado, Georgia Tech, and Eastern Gateway Community College, are developing drone technology…

Unusual: The University of Connecticut - one of 19 educational institutions to own spy planes - is the drone site closest to New York City. The North East is the region with the highest concentration. click on the image to enlarge

The article continues, with additional maps and the list of registered owners of drones, at The Daily Mail.

Update: The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret. An inside look at how killing by remote control has changed the way we fight.

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