Cape Cod, Mass., Drone Tests Could Fly by 2017

Confined so far to the skies above Joint Base Cape Cod, tests of unmanned aircraft commonly known as drones could go off the military reservation in the next three to five years, and any data unrelated to the flights themselves will not be kept, a top official overseeing the program said Monday.

H. Carter Hunt, vice president of defense sector initiatives for MassDevelopment, a quasi-state agency involved with economic development, gave that timeline and an explanation of the recently completed privacy policy during a discussion at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School on Monday. A crowd of about 40 gathered for the forum, hosted by the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.

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