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Flying Robots Are Coming to US Universities

(1)________________, called drones, may be one of the most important technologies of the future.
The number of jobs for people who know how to design, (2)______________ them is increasing.
Because of this increase, several U.S. universities and colleges started (3)_______________ in unmanned aerial systems, or UAS.
One of these universities is the University of Washington in Seattle. Christopher Lum is an aeronautics (4)_________________ with the university's Autonomous Flight Systems Laboratory. Lum helps students explore how civilian drones can (5)___________________the skies with regular aircraft.
Ryan Valach loves the three years he spent in the flight lab.
"One of the (6)_____________ is [working] with industries and all the cool technology we work with. It is a definitely an (7)__________________ that a lot of students don't usually get," he said.
Ward Handley is seeking a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics at University of Washington. When the drone program (8)________________, he did not think it was a good idea.
"I … decided, no I do not want to work on drones because of the privacy issues," he said. Drones can be (9)________________ people's privacy.
But when an offer for a (10)_______________ in the drone lab appeared, Handley changed his opinion.
He said, "I'd like to see them used for good rather than [bad]. I think there are good enough [purposes] for them that are (11)____________.”
However, the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, is creating new rules to control (12)_________________. The FAA is the part of the U.S. government that controls air travel and traffic.
A new FAA law requires (13)_____________ to register their drones. All drones must be registered in a (14)___________________ by February 19, 2016.People who do not register their drones could face fines of up to $20,000.
Changing current rules may also present problems for students (15)________________drone-pilot experience. One problem for many school's unmanned aerial systems programs is finding a (16)______________________.
Students at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon fly inside the college gymnasium.
In Seattle, University of Washington student Alec Bueing (17)_____________ the place where (18)__________________ tests the drones. "It's just a [big] room that we move the tables and chairs out of. ... If it happens to get out of control toward the windows we [reduce] any damage," he explained.
Lum explained why they test drones inside a building. He said it takes a very long time to get (19)___________________ to fly outside.
"The federal [laws] are a little bit (20)________________. ... We need to register our aircraft. We need to [get] what is called a (21)______________ of Authorization," Lum said. That process can take months.
The FAA wants to replace the way it (22)____________ requests to register drones. Now, the FAA looks at each case differently. The organization (23)_________________ a national rule for civil UAS, and UAS used for business, later in 2016.
"At this time, Kansas State University is the only school with … (24)________________ to offer unmanned aircraft flight [classes] to students [outside]," an FAA representative wrote.
The FAA selected Kansas State and 15 other universities to be part of a national (25)_______________________ group, called the Center of Excellence for UAS. The group will receive federal money to expand research and training.
Also in the group is the University of North Dakota. The university is the (26)________________ a UAS degree.
Lum and some of his students (27)_________________ their research to Australia. Australia has fewer rules governing UAS. A professor at Western Washington University also took his (28)________________ to Canada for the same reason.
I'm Pete Musto.
Tom Banse reported and wrote this story for VOA news. Pete Mustoadapted it for Learning English. Kathleen Struck was the editor.
Now it's your turn. Do you think government should let private citizens useUAS? Are UAS common in your country? Let us know in the commentssection or on our Facebook page.

Words in This Story

unmanned aerial systemsn. flying vehicles or machines controlledeither by onboard computers or by the pilot on the ground or in anothervehicle
aeronauticsn. a science that deals with airplanes and flying
aircraftn. a machine such as an airplane or a helicopter that flies throughthe air
master's degreen. a degree a college or university gives to a studentusually after one or two years of additional study following a bachelor'sdegree
astronauticsn. the science and technology of human space travel andexploration
privacyn. the state of being away from public attention
databasen. a collection of pieces of information that is organized andused on a computer
gymnasiumn. a room or building that has equipment for sports activitiesor exercise
show(ed) offp.v. to cause a lot of people to see or notice someone orsomething of which you think highly
academicadj. of or relating to schools and education

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