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NOAA Testing Drones To Monitor Washington Coast

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LA PUSH, Wash. (AP) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is testing drones on the Washington coast to monitor sea birds and survey marine debris.
    
The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/11WYXFh ) a 4-foot-long aircraft was launched recently from a research ship near La Push.
    
The operations this summer are part of a two-year project to evaluate the costs and benefits of unmanned aircraft for scientific research.
    
The Puma drone flown off La Push required two operators - one to pilot the craft and one to monitor and capture the video feed on a computer.
    
Project coordinator Matt Pickett says drones could change the way scientists monitor the ocean.


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