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Flying a sUAS at Princeton

Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also referred to as drones, model airplanes or remote control aircraft, are controlled aircraft without an onboard pilot. In higher education, the uses for sUAS are growing rapidly as technology advances and changes in federal regulations make possible a wide array of applications in research, education, and operations.

Princeton University has instituted procedures and policies for the use of sUAS, and follows the latest FAA guidance in setting rules for sUAS operation. Policies are designed to ensure that use of sUAS by students and researchers on campus is conducted in a safe, responsible manner. Use of sUAS that is intrusive of personal privacy, or endangers the security of anyone in the Princeton community, will not be tolerated.
To learn more about how sUAS technology is being used at Princeton, check out our blog

Blog: Updates From the Field

Factor Cybersecurity Into UAS Purchasing, Operations
March 18, 2024

Cybersecurity is seen as an increasing threat to critical infrastructure and national security, and UAS (drones) have been identified as a potential area of vulnerability to foreign hacking and data breaches.

FRIA Approved For Forrestal Helistop
Sept. 29, 2023

The FAA has approved a specially-designated area at Princeton’s Forrestal campus for research and recreational flights to take place without the need for Remote ID capability.

News and Events

Raft-bearing Drones May Join Lifeguards on NYC Beaches
Feb. 21, 2024

The administration of New York Mayor Eric Adams has plans to begin deploying drones widely, expanding into water search and rescue, building inspections, public safety and crowd control.

Snap Recalls Lithium-Ion Battery Sold for Pixy Flying Cameras Due to Fire Hazard
Feb. 2, 2024

The battery was sold separately and paired with the Pixy, which takes pictures and videos and measures about five inches long by four inches wide.

For emergencies, call Public Safety at 911. Report any crash, injury or property damage to Environmental Health & Safety at 609-258-5294.