Nevada Launches Drone Safety Research Center

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August 3, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: August 3 on

Nevada to establish Drone Center of Excellence for Public Safety.

Nevada is no stranger to drones. The state is one of the Federal Aviation Administration”s original national test sites for unmanned aerial systems technology, and has produced research into drone traffic management systems. The city of Reno was selected for FAA’s Drone Integration Pilot Program, and Las Vegas has the most registered drone users in the nation, according to 2017 research from Bard College”s Center for the study of the drone.

Now the state is pushing those efforts further — announcing on July 31 the launch of the Nevada Drone Center of Excellence for Public Safety.

The new center aims to guide further research into the proper use of drones with a specific focus on ensuring drones don’t cause harm to other aircraft or people on the ground. Specific applications include drone surveillance, detect and avoid (remote sensing), wildland firefighting, gas-leak detection and drone delivery of medical equipment and organs.