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Unmanned Vehicles Could Boost OK Economy

Filed by Michael Cross in Local News, News.
January 16, 2013

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A new study shows Oklahoma is poised to gain hundreds of jobs through the integration of unmanned aerial systems into US Airspace.

Standing next to two life sized mock ups of the unmanned vehicles, Governor Fallin says Oklahoma could get 600 jobs over the next three years for utilization and manufacture of the drones.

Fallin says she’s excited about the potential in first response like the wildfires which devastated Oklahoma last year.

“We had one grass fire if I remember was over 50 miles wide and if we had something like this we’d be able to determine where that grassfire is moving and the different winds and how it’s jumping roads or highways or turning in different directions.”

Fallin says she understands there are privacy concerns from Oklahomans and some lawmakers have suggested legislation to tackle the issue.

She also had praise for Oklahoma State University and its work in the research and development of the unmanned systems.


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