First Civilian Drones Will Launch in Alaska

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today they will allow the first launch of unmanned aircraft – drones – for civilian use.


A major energy company will reportedly fly a Scan Eagle X200 off the coast of Alaska this August, to survey ice floes and whale migration.


Another drone, an AeroVironment PUMA will also be used as support for emergency response crews over the Beaufort Sea. It will assist with monitoring oil spills and wildlife in the area.


The FAA says these are the first drones certified for civilian use. So far, unmanned aircraft have only been available to police and government agencies.

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