29 July 2013
FAA regulators recently certified two types of unmanned aircraft for civilian use, a milestone expected to lead to the first approved commercial drone operations later this summer. The agency identified the UAVs as Insitu’s Scan Eagle X200 and AeroVironment’s PUMA. While a major energy company plans to fly the Scan Eagle off the Alaska coast starting in August to survey ice flows and migrating whales, the PUMA is expected to support emergency response crews for oil spill monitoring and wildlife surveillance over the Beaufort Sea. (Image Credit: Boeing)

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