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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

Student Research Improves Drone Stability
May 18, 2023

A Princeton PhD student may be unlocking the key to improved drone stability in windy conditions. 

Drone Flights For Research, Recreation Move to Forrestal
March 16, 2022

The Princeton small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) program has arranged for academic and recreational UAS flights to move to the James Forrestal Campus in Plainsboro.

News and Events

First commercial licenses for long-distance drone flights
Sept. 11, 2023

US regulators have granted the first licenses for unmanned commercial aircraft to fly well beyond the sight of a pilot

Pinpointing Greenhouse Gas Leaks Using Drones
April 14, 2023

As evidence mounts that gas drilling and sewer systems leak far more greenhouse gases than previously believed, a team of Princeton researchers has developed a method to pinpoint leaks both big and small for speedy repair.

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