Drexel Advises FAA on UAS Policy

May 18, 2015

Drones aren't yet able to legally fly above 400 feet, but even the Federal Aviation Administration is preparing for a future in which they can.

The agency has selected Drexel University as one of 20 partner institutions to offer regulatory advice and conduct research on the challenges of safely admitting drones to the sky.

"With the introduction of unmanned systems, it's going to be adding a whole new element of air controllers who are on the ground," said computing and informatics professor Patrick Craven. "There's a lot of unknowns there about how they will be able to effectively communicate to share the airspace."

Drexel's focus will be on the human factors involved in drone operation, including how airline captains and overtaxed air traffic controllers will need to change to avoid collisions.

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