MnDOT Using Drones To Assist In Bridge InspectionsAs drones become more widely used in everyday life, one state agency is taking these unmanned aerial vehicles to new heights. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is studying how drones can make all of us safer by looking for defects in bridges.
U Of M Study States Black Bears Negatively Affected By Drones A new study from the University of Minnesota claims black bears are affected by drones. Researchers looked at data from collared black bears living in northwestern Minnesota.
Xcel Energy Has FAA Approval To Use DronesXcel Energy says it has approval from federal regulators to use drones to inspect more than 320,000 miles of electric and natural gas infrastructure.
Finding Minnesota: A Game Of DronesA local business has created what may be the first drone obstacle course in the U.S. Extreme Sandbox lets visitors fly drones over, through and under various hurdles in an open field.
Drones, Officer Investigations Up For Vote In SenateChanges in law enforcement surveillance and internal investigations are on the docket at the Legislature.
DNR Warns Of Drones Around Wildfire BattlesDepartment of Natural Resources firefighters are standing by for what is shaping up to be another dangerous wildfire weekend. Only now they've got a new concern -- unmanned aircraft, otherwise known as drones.
Rules For Law Enforcement Drones Fly To Senate FloorA bill barring warrantless aerial drone use by Minnesota law enforcement except in certain emergency situations is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday endorsed a bill that has been the subject of intense negotiations with civil liberties groups and law enforcement agencies.
FAA Proposes Regulations On DronesAfter years of waiting, the Federal Aviation Administration is finally proposing news rules for the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones. The long anticipated regulations are an attempt to balance flight safety with a rapidly blossoming industry.
FAA Releases New Drone RegulationsThe Federal Aviation Administration has proposed new rules for commercial drones that weigh up to 55 pounds. The rules state that the drones must remain within sight, must only be flow during daylight hours and must fly below 500 feet and no faster than 100 miles per hour.
Drone Regulations Coming As Safety Concerns RiseBecause of the potential threats posed by unregulated drones, the government is in the process of developing operating protocols. The rules would govern where they can be flown, safe operating distances and for what purposes.
Good Question: Where Can You Fly A Drone?Early Monday morning, a drone crashed on the White House grounds. On Tuesday, we learned that a government worker has been operating the drone. He told investigators that he had been drinking before he lost control of the device. The incident raises questions about drone guidelines and regulations.
5 Ways Unmanned Drones Could Affect The American Food SupplyHerding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union.