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State loses FAA drone testing competition, still expects research role
State loses FAA drone testing competition, still expects research role

Maryland has lost its bid to be a Federal Aviation Administration test site for drones, but officials still expect the state to be involved in federal research into how the unmanned aircraft may safely be flown in U.S. airspace. Virginia was one of six states chosen Monday by the FAA. Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey signed an agreement this year to collaborate on drone research. As a result, Maryland officials said, personnel and facilities in all three states will play a role in the FAA testing. "We will be involved, definitely," said Matthew Scassero, who headed the University of Maryland's test site proposal. "To what extent, how much our assets are used versus...

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