There are at least 63 active unmanned aerial vehicle launch sites in 20 states, and those sites include military bases, college campuses and federal and local law enforcement agencies, according to U.S. officials.
The majority of the UAVs—some of which have been used in combat—are being deployed by the federal government at military installations, the U.S. Border Patrol, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA, as well as local law enforcement agencies.
In addition, 19 universities and colleges—including Cornell University, in New York; the University of Colorado; Georgia Tech and Eastern Gateway Community College, in Ohio—are also registered UAV owners. Those institutions are involved in UAV technology research.
While the locations of domestic UAV launch sites is now available, the Federal Aviation Administration remains reluctant to reveal what type of drone—and how many—might be based at an individual site.