The (Commercial) Drones Are Coming

We get the sense that drones - or unmanned aerial vehicles - are here to stay, and now the FCC has issued it's first commercial license for drone operation in US airspace. 
The first license was issued to BP, which will use the AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE to “survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment” in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The Puma AE is a hand-launched drone that was originally designed for military applications, but is now also being used in the private sector. The 13.5-pound drone has a length of 4.6 feet and a wingspan of 9.2 feet. In can travel at up to 51 mph, has an operating altitude of 500 feet, and can stay aloft for 3.5+ hours.
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The first license was issued to BP, which will use the AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE to “survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment” in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The Puma AE is a hand-launched drone that was originally designed for military applications, but is now also being used in the private sector. The 13.5-pound drone has a length of 4.6 feet and a wingspan of 9.2 feet. In can travel at up to 51 mph, has an operating altitude of 500 feet, and can stay aloft for 3.5+ hours. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/FAA+Issues+First+Commercial+License+for+Unmanned+Aerial+Vehicles/article35038.htm#sthash.ysXKiQbK.dpuf
The first license was issued to BP, which will use the AeroVironment RQ-20A Puma AE to “survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment” in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The Puma AE is a hand-launched drone that was originally designed for military applications, but is now also being used in the private sector. The 13.5-pound drone has a length of 4.6 feet and a wingspan of 9.2 feet. In can travel at up to 51 mph, has an operating altitude of 500 feet, and can stay aloft for 3.5+ hours. - See more at: http://www.dailytech.com/FAA+Issues+First+Commercial+License+for+Unmanned+Aerial+Vehicles/article35038.htm#sthash.ysXKiQbK.dpuf

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