- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Drones have been cleared for takeoff from an Eastern Oregon test range in Pendleton.

Manager John Stevens tells the East Oregonian (https://bit.ly/1qqEwWr ) flights could begin soon. He says that last-minute administrative tasks and concern about next week’s weather mean no specific date has been set.

Peak 3, a company that has a contract with the city of Pendleton to manage the range, says it’s gotten a letter of approval from an organization headquartered at the University of Alaska Fairbanks that oversees test sites in Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon.

The tests will send up flights of the Canadian-built Aeryon Scout, a quadcopter that weighs about three pounds with a range of nearly two miles.

The test range is known as the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.info

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