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UNR Researchers Work With NASA On Drone Traffic Control

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada researchers are trying to bring order to the skies by joining forces with NASA to test an air traffic control system for drones.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that a University of Nevada-Reno team will be one of 12 groups to test drone software at NASA's Crows Landing Airport in California later this month.

UNR is the first to create software allowing the drones to communicate with the system NASA is developing.

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The goal of the project, which comes from NASA's Ames Research Center, is to create a system the Federal Aviation Administration can use to monitor fast-flying manned and unmanned aircraft that operate at altitudes of 500 feet and below.

That could include gliders, helicopters, planes and drones.