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Pendleton Conducts First Drone Flights

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 PENDLETON, OR - Developers of a test range in Eastern Oregon for the drones have conducted their first flights, but high winds ended them early.

The tests were conducted Tuesday above a field north of Pendleton. The developers expects commercial drone users to use both a test range near the local airport as well as off-site locations.

The four-propeller drone was to scan a small barbecue grill for heat signatures to test  its ability to pinpoint hot spots in wildfires.

It launched and landed twice before the testers determined the winds measured at about 21 mph were too high.

The site is among those in Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii approved by the federal government last year.