HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for six sites to become testing grounds for unmanned aircraft systems, better known as drones.
Leaders in Huntsville have thrown the city’s name in the hat to become one of the six.
It started with a push from UA-Huntsville, but now the Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is throwing his support behind this as well because it means more jobs.
However, having drones in your airspace does come with some serious concern.
Redstone Arsenal is already the hub for development and management of unmanned aerial vehicles for the army, so if you add testing into the mix, it puts Redstone and the Huntsville area on the map for everything behind drones.
Because more jobs come with the testing of drones, Huntsville is not the only city vying for the opportunity. There is already interest from cities in more than 30 states to be one of six testing sites that the FAA will designate.
Drones have a reputation of secretly invading privacy and spying on then killing an enemy, but Battle explained what would come with testing drones domestically.
“It looks at the landfill and makes sure it has the right compaction there and uses a sensor to tell you. It may follow a pipeline and makes sure there is no leakage out of that pipeline,” he said. “That’s the kind of technology you are looking at and the commercial applications that you are looking, which means jobs, money to the area. There is really not enough money in watching people.”
Air traffic control is also huge factor in testing these drones domestically.
At this point, there is no way of knowing when the FAA will choose its six sites.
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Scarey stuff. We need help flooding the mayors office with objections to get this stopped in its tracks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Henry
Judge Napolitano: “Shoot down a drone, become an American hero”.
I live and work in Huntsville and will become that “American hero” if any of those Nazi spy planes fly over my property ! They are weapons whether they carry arms or not. Any device or person that invades my privacy is violating my constitutional rights under the 4th and 5th amendments, without due process, is an immediate, existential threat, that will be dealt with accordingly by force of arms, if necessary.
This must not begin, or become too expensive to maintain because of equipment losses that will be a direct result of popular resistance and uprising.
“Job creation” is pure bovine excrement. Jobs will be cut and infrastructure will decay more rapidly because the on ground line crews will be the first to go. Can a drone fix a leak? Can a drone repair a broken electric wire? Can a drone repair a sink hole? Nada, Nada, Nada. Their only utility is the intentional subversive role that will help enforce a FASCIST POLICE STATE.
According to a contact of mine on the arsenal, these are things are already being tested above our skies. That is part of the draw that Mayor Battles is counting on. There is a Defense contractor in Huntsville that just won a major DHS contract to build solid white predators. They have been performing maintenance on them for several years but are about to be in full out production. You have to remember between the Arsenal, UAH, and Calhoun’s new robitics lab, we are dead in the middle of the crap hitting the fan. Watch the skies above North Alabama and you will be amazed at what you see. Solid black helicopters with no markings, super sized military cargo planes (everyday) some with blue and white markings, fighter jets two to three times a week. I’m not the conspiracy theory type and still can hardly believe my eyes. Why have the flight patterns of commercial airlines changed in our area so dramatically over the last couple of years? Something doesn’t add up.