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U.S. commercial drone industry struggles to take off

Jaikumar Vijayan | April 21, 2014
The U.S. commercial drone industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than two years after President Obama signed into law a bill that permits the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over the country's airspace.

A spokeswoman from the FAA Wednesday said that one of the top priorities of the FAA Administrator is to publish rules for small UAVs later this year.

"The rulemaking is very complex and we want to ensure that we strike the right balance of requirements for small [drones] to help foster growth in this emerging industry," the spokeswoman said in an email. The FAA's task is to figure out how to integrate drones safely into the busiest, most complex airspace in the world, she said.

"We are having regular conversations with a few distinct industries to see if we can expand authorized commercial operations for limited applications in very controlled environments."

 

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