More drones coming Saturday in NOAA tests

More drones coming today in Keys test

The skies above the Florida Keys may soon have multiple drones aloft with word that the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will begin testing the unmanned craft for Sanctuary duty.

Test flights are scheduled to begin today in waters off the Upper Keys as well as Lower Keys.

Federal scientists hope the drones, which boast real-time video and photo capability – can help monitor wildlife at close range with minimal disturbance.

“Testing unmanned aircraft in the diverse habitats of the Keys will help demonstrate the applicability of this technology in supporting science and resource protection in ecosystems around the world,” said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent.

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