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DEC 2017 - JAN 2018

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49 unmanned systems inside December 2017/January 2018 cess most government agencies have in place. Is it FAA's intent to degrade responses? Lawrence stressed that more than five pro- posals could be selected and future rounds might open up. It was not clear from his pre- sentation, however, if any additional teams for IP2 would come from a second tranche of ap- plications or would be selected only from those able to turn in that initial expression of interest in 20 days and then a full proposal. What is clear is that any decision to ex- pand likely would be based largely on whether Congress allocated more resources. Juan Alonso, a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and a member of the FAA Drone Advisory Council, told lawmakers at the November 29 hearing that America needs to not only expand its own testing, but find a way to encourage foreign companies to do development and testing in the Unites States as well. To make this happen, he told the committee, the UAS Integration Pilot Programs, UAS test sites, and the FAA's Pathfinder programs must be enhanced and significantly enlarged. "We will need more flight testing experiences, not fewer," he said. "We must try our ideas, fail, try again, succeed, because this is the iterative nature of the technology development process." Expanding testing opportunities is neces- sary to ensure the United States remains the worldwide leader in unmanned aircraft, he said, noting that other countries have already recognized the potential of drone technologies. "The United States has been at the forefront of R&D; of the very capabilities that are enabling such a bright future for UAS's, but the rest of the world is not sitting on the sidelines." " WE'RE HOPING YOU SURPRISE US." Earl Lawrence, director, FAA UAS Integration Offi ce

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