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By: MrMixon , 9:42 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
Unmanned storm-chaser lands CU-Boulder on FAA's domestic drone list
Program director on drones: 'We hate that term and don't use it'
A long-standing program to use unmanned aircraft to collect data on storm systems landed the University of Colorado on a list of agencies and entities that have asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to fly drones in domestic airspace.
CU's 2012 request was a renewal of a pre-existing permit to use the Tempest Unmanned Aircraft to collect storm data for atmospheric scientists in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado, Frew said.
The project, in cooperation with the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, involved flying unmanned craft carrying observation gear around supercell thunderstorms and the tornadoes they spawned.
Full Story at the Boulder Daily Camera
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