Drones set to hover in the Box Elder west desert

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Drones are on the horizon here.

Box Elder County has been approved for a $200,000 grant to develop a testing range for the remote-controlled, GPS-equipped, camera-bearing aircraft known mostly for their precision bombing work in Middle East conflicts.

But officials say the kind to be tested in the county’s west desert will be mostly the smaller, friendlier versions. More prone to map wetlands or assist search and rescue operations.

And they prefer to call them Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, just to avoid any confusion with their larger, more violent cousins, the Defense Department’s Predator drones.

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