Indiana State University is the first higher education institution to be granted approval to fly unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in the state.
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted certificates of authorization for ISU to operate drones at Terre Haute International Airport-Hulman Field, as well as the Indiana National Guard’s Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in southeastern Indiana.
“This is an important and significant step in expanding the College of Technology’s curriculum and services to meet the workforce and workplace requirements of emerging technology,” said Dan Bradley, ISU president. “It will provide students with significant research and training to prepare them for the expanding employment opportunities in this field.”
University leaders also see the potential to encourage cooperation between disciplines and other universities, providing new opportunities for research and development of a wide variety of components from software to sensors.
Source: Indiana State University