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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Oklahoma falls short in federal bid for drone site

  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has fallen short in its attempt to become one of six states that will develop test sites for drones.
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has fallen short in its attempt to become one of six states that will develop test sites for drones. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that six states will host the research sites — Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia. Oklahoma was one of about two dozen states vying to become a test location. State officials had hoped Oklahoma's 300 flying days a year, a dedicated 201-acre park adjacent to Fort Sill, and available air space in southwest Oklahoma would help land the designation. Gov. Mary Fallin has emphasized the state's aerospace industry as one of her top priorities. State Secretary of Science and Technology Stephen McKeever says despite the decision, Oklahoma remains one of the top states in the nation for drone testing and innovation.
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