Drone test flights surveying wildlife start in Alaska: FAA

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Posted: May 05, 2014 3:24 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The second of six U.S. test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems, or drone research started operations on Monday in Alaska, surveying wildlife, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said.

The University of Alaska in Fairbanks was give a two-year authorization for animal surveys using an Aeryon Scout small drone built by Canada's Aeryon Labs.

The main purpose of the operation is to show how a drone can accurately locate, identify and count large wild animals, such as caribou, reindeer, musk ox and bear for survey operations requested by the state of Alaska.

(Reporting by Ros Krasny; Editing by Peter Cooney)