Latest in Aerovironment

Image credit:

Commercial drone allowed limited access to fly over US land

41 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

A hand-launched UAV called Puma just made history -- it's now known as the first drone to get the Federal Aviation Administration's seal of approval to do commercial flights over land. Puma, which was originally designed for military use by California company AeroVironment, has been doing surveillance work at the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska since June 8th. In particular, it's using its onboard sensors to make 3D models of BP Exploration Inc.'s pipelines, roads and equipment for industrial applications. This isn't the first time Puma got the FAA's permission to fly commercially, though -- last year, the four-and-a-half-foot long drone with a nine-foot wingspan monitored drilling platforms and migrating whales over the Arctic Ocean.

Despite granting these companies permission to do commercial flights over land, the FAA's still far from coming up with the final set of rules and regulations for drone flights in US skies. Thus far, the agency has started doing test flights over North Dakota lands in April, but it still has to do the same in five more test sites across the country. Don't be surprised if more FAA-approved drones pop up in the near future, though -- the agency plans to allow films, farms and other low-risk industries to fly UAVs legally as soon as November.

Source: FAA, AP
Coverage: LA Times
In this article: AeroVironment, drone, drones, puma, UAV
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
41 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
‘Fortnite’ is getting a Batman crossover

‘Fortnite’ is getting a Batman crossover

View
What's it like cooking your own Impossible Burger?

What's it like cooking your own Impossible Burger?

View
Windows 10 Insider build simplifies Bluetooth pairing

Windows 10 Insider build simplifies Bluetooth pairing

View
Fox Sports will broadcast Thursday Night Football in 4K

Fox Sports will broadcast Thursday Night Football in 4K

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr