Updates From The Field

Information on the use of drones and other UAS at Princeton for fieldwork, research, coursework—and fun.

New FAA Rules Require Certification For All Drone Pilots

Friday, Aug 27, 2021, 11:11 am

Whether you are flying a drone for recreation, education or business purposes, the FAA now requires certification through one of several options. 

COVID-19 Guidance

Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021, 2:56 pm
While research and business use of sUAS has resumed, no recreational sUAS flights are allowed on the Princeton campus at this time.

New FAA Rules Coming Into Effect

Monday, Sep 30, 2019, 10:54 am

New FAA rules for flying drones were instituted in 2018 and are in the process of coming into effect. 

Drone Safety, Operational Training Now Available

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018, 11:19 am

sUAS training for operators or sponsors affiliated with Princeton University is now available on the Employee Learning Center.

TFRs: What They Are, Why They Matter

Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018, 2:31 pm

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are issued by the FAA for various hazards (such as wildfires), security reasons and presidential or vice-presidential travel.

Students Explore Ecology Close to Home

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018, 12:17 pm

Since last year, Princeton students have been doing intensive field work to study the impact of land-use change over a diverse and fast-changing landscape of forest, field, stream and lake. 

PEI Research Tracks Vegetation Changes With Drones

Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017, 3:15 pm

In an article highlighting research projects by Princeton University undergraduates, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) shines a spotlight on important field data collection techniques utilizing drones. 

Testing Artificial Intelligence With ‘SnotBot’ Drones

Monday, Aug 7, 2017, 9:26 am

Computer scientists at Intel Labs and neuroscientists at Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) are collaborating to explore how insights gained from studies of human behavior and the human brain can be applied to artificial intelligence and the design of more effective autonomous agents.  

Former White House Tech Advisor Outlines Security, Privacy Debates Around UAS

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017, 11:33 am

The tension between security concerns and the rights of UAS users was at the core of a conversation between guest speaker Terah Lyons and students of Marshini Chetty’s spring 2017 computer science class, “These Aren’t The Drones You Are Looking For: Mitigating the Privacy and Security Implications of Drones.”

Princeton Students Build Apps Centered on Addressing Privacy Implications of Drone Use

Friday, Apr 21, 2017, 2:10 pm
by Oluseyi O. Fasoranti

As drones become more pervasive on college campuses and other locations for a diverse range of applications, discussions on their impact on the security and privacy within communities are beginning to take place. One potential concern, for example, are that some drones can be used to take video footage of private spaces where it is expected...


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