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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

Understanding the FAA regulations on use of sUAS
March 27, 2017

Federal regulations of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) have evolved significantly in the last few years to meet the rapidly changing uses and demands of this technology. 

In 2012, congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act (Public Law 112-95). Included in the bill was Section 336, Special Rule for Model Aircraft,…

Drones Drive Student Research in Utah
Feb. 3, 2017

How are small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) such as drones being used at Princeton? How do they help students accomplish their classroom and research goals?

An example of sUAS in action comes from a course jointly offered by the Department of Geosciences and the Princeton Writing Program, “Measuring Climate Change: Methods in Data…

News and Events

Amazon Prime Air launches drone delivery service just before Christmas
Jan. 4, 2023

Lockeford, Calif. and College Station, Texas saw the first Amazon package deliveries via drone on Christmas Eve 2022.

Drone-Mounted Sensors Can Help Fight Wildfires
Aug. 30, 2022

Drones Can detect arcing in rugged areas that are tough for helicopters and airplanes to reach, as well as identify maintenance needs before problems emerge. 

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