According to, the University of North Dakota has been approved to start researching unmanned aircraft systems.

"Today, the FAA is granting the first authorization in the United States to Allow a test site to start flying unmanned aircraft," said Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator. "And that test site is right here, in North Dakota."

There will be six sites across the United States that will be given a Certificate of Approval for the testing of the systems, certificates which will be good for two years. The University of North Dakota will start testing in early May at its Carrington Research Extension Center.

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