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June 9, 2014 AT 3:00 am

Who Owns The Air? The Fight Over Drones, As Seen From A Drone (video) #drone #droneday

Steve Henn from NPR’s Planet Money discusses who owns the air?

There are entrepreneurs who would love to fly drones all over the country. They dream of drones taking photos for real estate agents and helping farmers survey their fields. But there’s a battle in the courts right now standing in their way. The battle is about whether it’s legal for drones to take to the sky.

The question at the core of the battle: Who owns the air? We explored this question in a recent story and in the video above.

Right now the Federal Aviation Administration says it is illegal in the United States to operate a drone for commercial purposes, but the agency is considering exemptions for certain kinds of industries like film and agriculture.

Here are five things you should know about the current drone debate:

Read more.


Welcome to drone day on the Adafruit blog. Every Monday we deliver the latest news, products and more from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), quadcopter and drone communities. Drones can be used for video & photography (dronies), civil applications, policing, farming, firefighting, military and non-military security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. Previous posts can be found via the #drone tag and our drone / UAV categories.


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