Raytheon paid University of Arizona $5,000 for drone technical services

Purchase order provides few details of work done

<p>Raytheon bought drone-related technical services from the University of Arizona for $5,000, according to <a href="https://www.muckrock.com/foi/view/arizona/contracts-between-university-of-arizona-and-bae-systems-et-al/1110/">documents released after a public records request</a>. Its statement of work stipulates developing a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions capable of flying six hours with a maximum height of 10,000 feet.

<p>Recreational drones are <a href="http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/uas/media/UAS_FACT_Sheet.pdf">limited by FAA regulation to 400 feet high</a>.

<p>The University has a history of supporting drone research and development through its <a href="http://www.engineering.arizona.edu/news/story.php?id=289">Aeronautical Robotics Club</a> and engineering schools, which have received sponsorship from Raytheon and other contractors such as BAE Systems and Boeing.

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<p>Arizona has recently gained media attention as ground zero for drone use domestically. Given its border-state status and desert conditions, <a href="http://tucsoncitizen.com/arizona-news/2012/06/01/arizona-vies-to-be-drone-test-site/">Gov. Jan Brewer touts Arizona</a> as perfectly suited for developing and testing drone technology.

<p>MuckRock filed FOIA requests at two universities and one city known to be working with military contractors on drone projects. So far, only this five-page purchase order from the University of Arizona has been released.

<p><em>Image base is a Firebee Drone in the public domain through <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/multimedia/imagegallery/DAST/EC80-14090.html">NASA</a></em>

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