The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States announced that it will test technologies to detect drones at airports in the country this year.
The agency indicated that the main objective of these technologies will be to detect and mitigate the possible security risks posed by drones.
Testing of at least 10 technologies is expected to begin later this year and will initially take place at the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, which is located next to the Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey.
After conducting initial tests in New Jersey, the FAA hopes to expand its efforts at four other US airports.
The agency also asked interested companies working on drone detection systems to respond to its announcement within the next 45 days.
These tests come after the FAA proposed in late 2019 a new regulation to have all drones, except the smallest, geolocated remotely.
The only drones that would not be affected by this regulation would be those that weigh less than 0.55 pounds (about 0.24 kilograms), since they do not need to be registered.